Perdicula manipurensis Hume, 1881

Manipur bush quail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1932

Rediscovered in 2006

IUCN RedList status: Endangered



north-eastern India


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Hume, Allan Octavian. (1881). Perdicula manipurensis, Sp. Nov. Stray Feathers 9: 467-471.

Other references:

Ali, S. A. and Ripley, S. Dillon. (1969). Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan. Oxford University Press, Bombay. Vol.2: 54-55.

Allen, Des. (1998). Report to the Indian Forestry Service concerning the Amarpur area of the Dibru-Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve. Unpublished.

Anon. (2006). Bush-quail makes unexpected reappearance. World Birdwatch 28(3): 8.

Baker, S. (1928) The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma (Second Edition). Birds Vol. 5: 383.

BirdLife International. (2012). Perdicula manipurensis. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 08 July 2012.

Butchart, S. H. M., Collar, N. J., Crosby, M. J. and Tobias, J. A. (2005). Asian enigmas: "Lost" and poorly known birds: targets for birders in Asia. Birding Asia 3: 41-49.

Choudhury, A. (2006). Rediscovery of Manipur Bush-Quail Perdicula manipurensis. Mistnet 7(2): 15-16.

Choudhury, A. (2010). Survey of Manipur Bush-quail in western Assam. World Pheasant Association - India, Aligarh.

Connor, F. P. (1908). Notes on the Manipur Bush-quail (Microperdix manipurensis) in captivity. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 18: 496-498.

Jathar, Girish A. and Rahmani, Asad R. (2006). Endemic Birds of India. Buceros 11(2-3): 1-53.

Kaul, R., Khaling, S., Ghose, D., Khan, S. & Bhattacharjee, J. (2001). Survey for Manipur Bush Quail and Hume’s Pheasant in north-east India. Unpublished report.

Martin, Thomas E., Bennett, Gareth C., Fairbairn, Andrew J. and Mooers, A. Ø. (2023). ‘Lost’ taxa and their conservation implications. Animal Conservation 26(1): 14-24. [Appendix S2 (1617 taxa not seen >10 years); Appendix S3 (562 taxa not seen >50 years)]

Ogilvie-Grant, W. R. and Inglis,C. M. (1909). On a new species of Bush-Quail (Microperdix) from Goalpara, Assam. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 19(1): 1-3.

Patar, P. J., Borthakur, R. K. & Goswami, S. K. (2004). Sighting of species in Red Data Book in Deobali Jalah, central Assam, India. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 44: 56-57.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Thornhill, H. B. (1904) The Manipur Bush-Quail, or Hume’s Bush-Quail Microperdix manipurensis. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 15(3): 527-528.

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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