This species is listed as Vulnerable because it has a small population, a small, severely fragmented range, and it is continuing to decline because of on-going habitat loss. In addition, it is thought to have undergone a rapid population reduction. However, recent surveys have identified additional populations and a number of new forest areas that hold the species have been designated as protected areas, providing hope that its status may improve in the future.
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.
c.28 cm. Typical, generally grey-brown, partridge with distinctive head pattern. Distinctive, mostly blackish, head with boldly contrasting white ear-covert spot, narrow whitish supercilium and striking rufous-orange necklace separating black throat from grey breast. Similar spp. Chinese Francolin Francolinus pintadeanus, which occurs in more open or scrubby habitats, has chiefly white-spotted, blackish (in male, duller in female) plumage, white throat and larger white cheek patch, rufous supercilium, and rufous undertail-coverts. Voice Pairs give far-carrying territorial duet comprising two-note (falling then rising) whistles, often repeated.
BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.
Keane, A.M.; Carroll, J. P.; Fuller, R. A.; McGowan, P.J. K. in press. Partridges, quails, francolins, snowcocks, guineafowl and turkeys: status survey and conservation action plan 2005-2009. IUCN and WPA, Gland, Switzerland.
Wei, L.; Yu, Z.; Zhengwang, Z.; Canchao, Y. 2006. Conservation of the Hainan Partidge on Hainan Island, China. Journal of Ornithology 147(5): 270.
Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).
Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Bird, J., Davidson, P., Keane, A., Taylor, J., Khwaja, N.
Wei, L., He, F.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Arborophila ardens. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/10/2016.
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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|Current IUCN Red List category||Vulnerable|
|Family||Phasianidae (Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse)|
|Species name author||(Styan, 1892)|
|Population size||2600-3500 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||13,200 km2|
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