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Crested wood partridge

Rollulus rouloul

Crested wood partridge

This small partridge is a resident in lowland rainforests in south Burma, south Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.

The crested wood partridge is also known as the roul-roul partridge. This colourful bird is a dimorphic species. This means that the males and females differ greatly in their appearance. Females have green feathers and no crest whereas males have blue/purple feathers as well as a large red crest on their head.


Diet - Omnivore
Crested wood partridges eat fragments of fruit, seeds, large beetles, wood ants and small snails.

The average wood partridge can be up to 26 centimetres long and can weigh up to 230 grams.

Crested wood partridges prefer lowland rainforests of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Borneo.

Conservation status 
The IUCN fears that the crested wood partridge is threatened with extinction in the near future.

Habitat destruction, due to logging, is the major reason for the decline in these vibrant coloured birds. Predators also hunt and destroy their nests.

Current population
It is unknown how many crested wood partridges there are left in the wild.

Zoo population
There are 870 crested wood partridge living in zoos worldwide.