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White-cheeked Partridge Arborophila atrogularis
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This poorly known species is probably locally common where forest persists and where it is not hunted; however, such places are becoming scarcer and its population is now likely to be moderately small, and continuing to decline. For these reasons it is classified as Near Threatened.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

Distribution and population
Arborophila atrogularis is resident in north-eastern India (locally common in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura) (Birand and Pawar 2004), Bangladesh (very local in the north-east, could still occur in the Chittagong Hill Tracts), Myanmar (widespread, uncommon to common resident) and China (local in Yingjiang area of west Yunnan to west of Salween river) (BirdLife International 2001). However, given the size of its range and the paucity of fieldwork conducted within it, the species is likely to be more abundant than records suggest.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as rare in Yunnan, China, widespread in north-east India and formerly common, although poorly known, in Myanmar (Madge and McGowan 2002).

Trend justification
There are no data on population trends; however, the species is suspected to be in decline owing to habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as hunting.

It inhabits dense undergrowth in broadleaved primary and secondary evergreen forest, and sometimes adjacent scrub, bamboo, grassland and cultivation, most frequently below 750 m in India, but usually at 610-1,220 m in South-East Asia.

It is principally threatened by habitat loss and persecution. Within its range, hill forests are diminishing rapidly in extent and becoming fragmented because of shifting agriculture and logging. Hunting and snaring of galliformes is common and on-going within its range.

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey to assess the population size. Conduct searches in suitable habitat to confirm the persistence of all sub-populations. Control hunting where possible. Protect large areas of primary and old secondary forest within its range.

Birand, A; Pawar, S. 2004. An ornithological survey in north-east India. Forktail: 15-24.

BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Madge, S.; McGowan, P. 2002. Pheasants, partridges and grouse: including buttonquails, sandgrouse and allies. Christopher Helm, London.

Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Mahood, S., Taylor, J.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Arborophila atrogularis. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Phasianidae (Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse)
Species name author (Blyth, 1850)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 300,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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