Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Brown-breasted Hill-partridge (Arborophila brunneopectus) - HBW 2, p. 518

French: Torquéole à poitrine brune German: Braunbrust Buschwachtel Spanish: Arborófila Pechiparda
Other common names: Bar-backed/Barred Hill-partridge, Brown-breasted Partridge

Taxonomy: Arboricola brunneopectus Blyth, 1855, Muleyit, Tenessarim.
Some authors include present species in a superspecies with A. javanica and A. orientalis, and all three are sometimes considered conspecific; others attribute morphological similarities to convergent evolution; sometimes A. rufipectus or A. hyperythra, or both, also included in the superspecies. Birds of Guangxi (CS China) probably belong to race henrici, but sometimes ascribed to nominate race. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • brunneopectus (Blyth, 1855) - CS China (SW Yunnan) through E Burma and N Laos to W Thailand.
  • henrici (Oustalet, 1896) - N & C Vietnam; probably also CS China (Guangxi).
  • albigula (Robinson & Kloss, 1919) - SC Vietnam.