The Snow Partridge – 10,000 Birds

eBird calls the Snow Partridge a “stone-colored terrestrial chook of stony hillsides, mountain ridges, and meadows above treeline” – and actually, it’s spectacular how properly the chook suits in with its environment, no less than once I noticed it at about 4000 meters of altitude on the Balangshan go.

Presumably, the chook I noticed was a male provided that it has a spur, and the invoice is coral-red (females apparently don’t have spurs, and the invoice is pinkish or greyish-pink, based on the HBW).

One other indicator was the decision, which sadly I didn’t handle to seize on this video. However possibly you possibly can think about it for those who take a look at the photograph under.

Based on one paper, it was tried to introduce the Snow Partridge into the Nice Basin ranges of Nevada round 1970. I suppose folks have been a bit extra naive about doubtlessly disturbing current ecosystems then.

The Snow Partridge additionally has the doubtful honor of internet hosting a tick that inhabits an altitude a lot larger than most different ticks (supply).

The species landed a uncommon PR success when it managed to get on the cowl of Present Zoology in 2022 (which by the way appears to indicate a feminine with chicks, because the invoice is extra greyish than pink). An article within the journal describes how the species diverged into two totally different populations about 0.4 million years in the past, pushed by the extension of glaciers.

And provided that the Snow Partridge and the Tibetan Snowcock are considerably related of their presence and habitat necessities, how do they divide the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau amongst themselves? It appears the snowcock prefers colder, drier situations, whereas the partridge prefers larger humidity and (surprisingly) rain. Thoughts you, I noticed each species inside just some kilometers of the go highway, so this doesn’t appear to be a really strict habitat participation.

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