RANGE: Cyprus, southern Turkey , eastern Greece , Himalayas through to north China.
HABITAT: Scree slopes with bushes and trees down to dry valleys and sometimes arable fields.
HISTORY: J.E.Gray 1830.
A.c.chucar - East Afghanistan to Nepal.
A.c.cypriotes - Bulgaria to Syria.
A.c.sinaica - North Syria Desert to Sinai Peninsula
A.c.werae - East Iraq and south-west Iran.
A.c.koroviakovi- East Iran, East to Pakistan.
A.c.subpallida - Tadzhikistan.
A.c.falki- North central Afghanistan, North to Kazakhstan and East to West Xinjiang in China.
A.c.dzungarica- North - west Mongolia , Altai in Russia and east Tibet.
A.c.pallescens- North-east Afghanistan, East to North west India and west Tibet.
A.c.pallida- West and south Xinjiang Province in China.
A.c.fallax- Tien Shan mountains, North-west Xinjiang Province in China.
A.c.pubescens- China , from North-east through Neimonggol to West Sichuan and west Quighai.
A.c.potanini - West Mongolia.
DESCRIPTION: Male 340-390 mm. Female slightly smaller than male , duller head pattern and no tarsal knob. It look like the rock partridge. The differences are the the black patterning on head, throat, and flank feathers.
AVAIRY POSITION:Sand or wire based avairies can be used. 1m2 can be enough for a pair.
FEEDING: Chick crumbs ,seeds , green food, live food.
BREEDING AGE: First year.
BREEDING SEASON: March to July.
NUMBER OF EGGS IN A YEAR: 50-70 eggs.
INCUBATION PERIOD:22-24 days.