Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Tibetan Snowcock (Tetraogallus tibetanus) - HBW 2, p. 482

French: Tétraogalle du Tibet German: Tibetkönigshuhn Spanish: Perdigallo Tibetano

Taxonomy: Tetraogallus Tibetanus Gould, 1854, Tibet = Ladakh.
Has been included within a species group, the white bellied snowcocks, with T. altaicus. Six races sometimes accepted, but tschimenensis included in nominate tibetanus, and centralis within przewalskii. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tibetanus Gould, 1854 - Pamirs and Tadjikistan SE to W Tibet and Ladakh.
  • przewalskii Bianchi, 1907 - NE India to WC China (Qinghai, SW Gansu and NW Sichuan).
  • aquilonifer R. & A. Meinertzhagen, 1926 - W Nepal E to Bhutan.
  • henrici Oustalet, 1891 - E Tibet to NW Sichuan.