Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Himalayan Snowcock (Tetraogallus himalayensis) - HBW 2, p. 482

French: Tétraogalle de l'Himalaya German: Himalayakönigshuhn Spanish: Perdigallo Himalayo

Taxonomy: Tetraogallus himalayensis G. R. Gray, 1843, Himalayas.
Has been included within a species group, the dark bellied snowcocks, with T. caspius and T. caucasicus. Population of NW Afghanistan has been separated in race bendi, although usually included within incognitus. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sewerzowi Zarudny, 1910 - Tien Shan Mts N to Zaysan (E Kazakhstan) and E to E Xinjiang (NW China).
  • incognitus Zarudny, 1911 - mountains of S Tadjikistan and N Afghanistan.
  • himalayensis G. R. Gray, 1843 - E Afghanistan E to Ladakh (NW India) and Nepal.

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  • sewerzowi Zarudny, 1910 - Tien Shan Mts N to Zaysan (E Kazakhstan) and E to E Xinjiang (NW China).
  • incognitus Zarudny, 1911 - mountains of S Tadjikistan and N Afghanistan.
  • himalayensis G. R. Gray, 1843 - E Afghanistan E to Ladakh (NW India) and Nepal.
  • grombczewskii Bianchi, 1898 - CW China, in W Kunlun Mts, N Tibet and S Xinjiang.
  • koslowi Bianchi, 1898 - WC China, in Nan Shan and Ching Hai Ku Mts of Qinghai and S Gansu.
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