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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Systems
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Bambusicola thoracica

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 2 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.

Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.

See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

AACCGATGATTATTCTCAACCAACCACAAAGACATTGGCACTCTCTACCTAATTTTCGGCACATGGGCAGGCATAGCTGGCACAGCACTT---AGCCTATTAATCCGCGCAGAACTGGGACAACCTGGAACCCTCCTGGGAGAT---GACCAGATCTATAATGTAATTGTCACAGCCCATGCCTTCATTATAATCTTCTTCATAGTCATGCCTATTATAATTGGCGGCTTCGGAAACTGATTAGTCCCACTTATG---ATCGGTGCCCCAGATATAGCATTTCCACGCATAAACAACATAAGCTTTTGACTCCTCCCCCCCTCCTTCCTCCTCCTACTAGCCTCCTCTACTGTAGAAGCCGGAGCTGGTACAGGATGAACCGTTTACCCCCCTCTAGCAGGTAACCTCGCCCATGCCGGCGCATCAGTAGACTTA---GCCATCTTCTCTTTGCACTTAGCAGGTGTATCCTCCATCCTAGGAGCCATCAACTTCATTACCACTATCATTAATATAAAACCCCCTGCATTATCACAATACCAAACACCCCTATTTGTGTGATCTGTACTCATTACTGCCATCCTGTTACTCCTATCCCTGCCAGTCCTAGCAGCC---GGAATTACCATACTACTTACTGACCGCAATCTTAACACCACATTCTTTGACCCAGCAGGAGGAGGAGATCCAGTCCTATACCAACACCTATTTTGATTCTTCGGCCACCCTGAAGTCTACATTCTCATCCTCCCTGGCTTCGGAATTATCTCGCACGTAGTAGCCTACTATGCAGGGAAAAAG---GAGCCATTCGGATACATAGGAATAGTATGGGCCATACTGTCAATCGGATTCCTCGGCTTCATTGTATGAGCCCACCACATATTTACGGTCGGAATAGACGTAGACACCCGAGCCTACTTCACATCAGCTACCATAATCATTGCCATCCCAACTGGCATCAAAGTCTTCAGCTGACTA---GCAACCCTGCACGGAGGA---ACAATCAAATGAGATCCCCCCATATTATGAGCCCTAGGGTTTATCTTCCTGTTCACTATCGGAGGGCTAACAGGAATTGTCCTCGCCAACTCCTCACTAGATATCGCCCTCCACGACACCTACTACGTAGTTGCCCACTTCCACTATGTC---CTCTCAATGGGGGCAGTTTTTGCCATTCTAGCAGGATTTACCCACTGATTTCCCCTATTCACAGGCTTCACCTTACACCCATCATGAACAAAAGCACACTTCGGAGTAATATTTGCCGGAGTCAACTTAACCTTCTTTCCCCAGCACTTCCTAGGTCTAGCTGGAATACCCCGA---CGATACTCAGATTACCCAGACGCCTACACG---CTATGAAACACACTATCCTCAATCGGCTCCTTAATTTCAATAACAGCCGTAATCATACTTATATTTATCGTCTGAGAAGCCTTCTCCGCAAAACGAAAAGTA---CTCCAACCCGAATTAACTGCCACCAAC
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Bambusicola thoracica

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2014

Assessor/s
BirdLife International

Reviewer/s
Butchart, S.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be common in many areas (del Hoyo et al. 1994; Fuller et al. 2000).

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Wikipedia

Chinese bamboo partridge

The Chinese bamboo partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus) is a small Galliform bird. It is one of two species in the genus Bambusicola, along with the mountain bamboo partridge of the Himalayas. Long believed to be a relative of Perdix, scientists established that bamboo partridge are close relatives of the long-billed partridge and junglefowl.

Description[edit]

The Chinese bamboo partridge is a small bird, intermediate in size between the Coturnix and Perdix species, reaching a size of 100 cm, with males being slightly larger than females. The breast and back are mottled in black, chestnut, and cream colours, with black spots on the flanks and above. The partridge's face and throat have rich fulvous and rufous tints. The breast is yellow-ochre, with pale greyish blue and taupe above the eye and down to the neck. Like the long-billed partridge, bamboo partridge exhibit well-developed flight feathers. Their tails are broad and squared. The wings are long and narrow. The birds are capable of sustained flight and move from the sub-canopy of steep hillside forest to the forest floor several times throughout the day.

Behaviour[edit]

Like many Galliform bird species, the birds prefer hiding to flight, but will readily flush if approached, startling pursuers with loud wingbeats. Within the forest, bamboo partridge are known to fly uphill, weaving through timber. This is an unusual behaviour, recorded only in the unrelated koklass. Like the related Coturnix species, francolins and junglefowl, males broadcast loud, multi-syllabic calls throughout the day and throughout the year. These vocalisations serve as challenges to other birds as well as location calls and anti-predator alarms. The loud contact call, often rendered as ki-ko-kuai or kojukkei (the latter rendition being adopted as its Japanese name) is repeated several times before slowing to a stop. This call is heard far more than the bird is usually seen, and though the species is common throughout its limited range, it is elusive and secretive.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The bird is native to eastern mainland China and Taiwan, and has been introduced successfully to Japan, Hawaii and Argentina.[2] There are two subspecies, B. t. thoracicus in mainland China and B. t. sonorivox in Taiwan, the latter of which is sometimes treated as a separate species known as Taiwan bamboo partridge. It is found in warm forests and grasslands and is not entirely dependent on bamboo, despite its name.

Introductions[edit]

The bird was intentionally introduced first to Japan in 1919,[3] then with varying success to Hawaii, where it is listed as an introduced bird not protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.[4] An introduced population also exists on remote Iwo Jima.[5] Despite its success elsewhere, Chinese bamboo partridge has been extirpated from Hong Kong, and a reintroduction program in 1961 failed to produce a viable breeding population.[6]

Chinese bamboo partridge chick two days old

Aviculture[edit]

Chinese bamboo partridges have been part of Chinese aviculture for centuries. In captivity, these tiny birds are pugnacious and care should be taken as to what other terrestrial species should be kept in mixed-species aviaries. They are compatible with crestless firebacks and eared pheasants but not with junglefowl or francolin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Bambusicola thoracicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Long, John L. (1981). Introduced Birds of the World. Agricultural Protection Board of Western Australia, 21-493
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  • "Bambusicola thoracicus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 24 January 2006. 
  • The genetic link between the Chinese bamboo partridge (Bambusicola thoracica) and the chicken and junglefowls of the genus Gallus.A Fumihito, T Miyake, M Takada, S Ohno, and N KondoYamashina Institute for Ornithology, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
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