Manipur bush quail

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Manipur bush quail
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Perdicula
P. manipurensis
Binomial name
Perdicula manipurensis
(Hume, 1880)

The Manipur bush quail (Latin: Perdicula manipurensis, Meitei: Soibol[2]) is a species of quail found in Manipur and other Northeastern Indian regions. It lives in humid and moist grasslands, particularly among tall grasses.[3] It was first collected and described by Allan Octavian Hume on a mission to study about birds of Manipur in 1881.

P. manipurensis is listed as "Endangered" on the IUCN's Red List. Its home place is small, separated and fastly becoming smaller.[1]

No one was confirmed of seeing the bird from 1932 until June 2006. In 2006, Anwaruddin Choudhury reported seeing the quail in Assam.[4] [5]

BBC News reported the speech of the conservation director of the Wildlife Trust of India, Rahul Kaul, as "This creature has almost literally returned from the dead."[4]

History[change | change source]

There is a 1911 report by Frank Finn. It was based on Captain Wood's field notes of 1899. It noted that the species was common in the past.[6] Captain Wood noted that the bird was commonly trapped by Manipuri people after bush fires. Further, he also noted the Manipuri language name was lanz-soibol (literally meaning "trap quail").[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 BirdLife International (2017). "Perdicula manipurensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T22679012A112384972. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22679012A112384972.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  2. "The forgotten bird Manipur Bush quail Perdicula manipurensis By Kh Hitler".
  3. "Manipur Bush-quail - BirdLife Species Factsheet". Archived from the original on 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2006-06-28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "'Extinct' quail sighted in India". BBC News. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2006-06-28.
  5. "Rare quail sighted in Assam after 75 years". 2006-06-24. Retrieved 2006-06-28.
  6. Finn, Frank (1911), Game birds of India and Asia., Thacker and Spink, Calcutta.
  7. Wood, H.S. (1899). "Note on Hume's Bush-quail (Microperdix manipurensis)". Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 68: 110.

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