Himalayan Snowcock

Tetraogallus himalayensis

Order

GALLIFORMES

Family

Partridges, Grouse, Turkeys, Old World Quail (Phasianidae)

Code 4

HISN

Code 6

TETHIM

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Himalayan Snowcock has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Afghanistan, India, China, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Russian Federation, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, this bird prefers rocky areas and temperate grassland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 200,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Himalayan Snowcock is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Himalayan Snowcock: Very wary ground dweller, white face, throat outlined with chestnut stripes, brown collar around neck, gray-brown overall, tan streaked upperparts, white undertail coverts, gray bill, orange-red feet and legs. Flies down mountain each morning, walks back up, eating as it goes.

 

Range and Habitat

Himalayan Snowcock: Native Pakistan and Kashmir. Introduced to the Ruby Mountains in Nevada. Found in many places in the Ruby Mountains including Thomas Peak, Wines Peak, Ruby Dome, Mount Gilbert, Verdi Peak and Old Man on the Mountain. In the summer found toward the top of the ridges, and in the winter there have been sightings in the cliffs. Prefers mountains and wooded canyons.

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Himalayan Snowcock SONGS AND CALLS

Himalayan Snowcock I1

Low "too-oo-oo" whistles are given to signal the presence of an aerial predator.

Himalayan Snowcock W1

Rally call is a series of "kuks" which start slow and increase in speed and pitch.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"gul, gul, gul"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Himalayan Snowcocks were introduced to the Ruby Mountains of northeastern Nevada in 1963. A small population of 250-500 birds exists.
  • Because of the difficulty in accessing the habitat of this species, and because of its elusive sporting characteristics, it has become a trophy game bird for sportsmen.
  • It has also drawn considerable attention from birders who wish to add this species to their life list.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Jane Wright

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
ChestX
Also called the breast area, it is the frontal area on the body containing the breastplate and major flight muscles.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X