Wild Birds

Black Wood-partridges

Black Wood-partridges aka Black Partridges (Melanoperdix niger)

The Black Partridges (Melanoperdix niger) – also known as Black Wood-partridges – can be found in the lowland rainforests of Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra in southeast Asia. It was formerly found in Singapore, where it has been long extinct.

These small Black wooden partridges measure up to 27cm in length. It has thick ill, grey legs and dark brown eyes.

The male has an all-glossy black plumage and a black bill, while the female is generally a chestnut brown bird with a whitish throat and belly and a dark horn-coloured bill. The female is smaller than the male.

The female usually lays between five to six white eggs.


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