Painted Bush Quail

The Painted Bush Quail (Perdicula erythrorhyncha) is a species of quail found in India. It is found in hill forests and it moves along hillsides in small coveys of about 6-10 birds. It comes out from cover along open grassy patches or on forest roads to feed and dust-bathe in the morning and evening.

It is a dark, brightly colored bird with a deep red bill and legs. The female has brick-red underparts and lacks the white throat and head stripe seen in males. The call consists of runs of soft whistles used to rally the scattered covey. The call is a pleasant, often repeated, kirikee, kirikee, kirikee by the male in the breeding season.

The nesting season varies locally, sometimes all year long. Nests are typically found in the ground at the root of a bush or grass clump, sometimes thinly lined with grass. The female lays 4 to 7 eggs at a time, which are incubated by the female for 16-18 days before hatching.