Ophrysia superciliosa (J.E. Gray, 1846) - Himalayan Quail

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the Mountain Quail.
 
This species is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).

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This endemic species is extremely rare. It inhabits remote shrublands and grasslands of Uttarakhand in the western Himalaya, from 1,650-2,400m (BirdLife International 2018).

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).

According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species has declined since the early 20th century. Current population size is unknown, and some believe it to be extinct. Threats to its persistence come from habitat disturbance due to energy production and mining, hunting and trapping, and also severe climatic conditions causing habitat shifting (BirdLife International 2018).

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
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BirdLife International 2018. Ophrysia superciliosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22679141A132051220. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22679141A132051220.en. Accessed on 30 January 2020.


Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Ophrysia superciliosa (J.E. Gray, 1846) – Himalayan Quail. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/ophrysia-superciliosa, accessed 2024/06/25.