The Crested Wood Partridge (Rollulus roulroul) is also called the Roul-Roul or the Red-Crowned Wood Partridge. It is a small game bird in the Phasianidae family of pheasants.
The Crested Wood Partridge is a short, rounded short-tailed bird. It has a scarlet-red patch of bare skin around its eyes with a red eye-ring. It has red legs, without a spur or hind (back) toe. The male is metallic iridescent green on its upperparts with glossy dark-blue on its underparts. It has a purplish wing panel. Its head has a white forehead spot, black bristles, and a tall red crest.
The female has pea-green body, a grey head with bristles but no spot and no crest. It has a brownish wing panel. The male and female have a dark-grey beak and pink-grey to red legs.
It measures about 25 centimetres (10 inches) in length.
The Crested Wood Partridge is native to Asia, in Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo. It prefers lowland rain forests.
It is a ground-dwelling bird. It prefers to run if frightened, instead of flying away. It can fly, but usually only for short distances.
It feeds on fruit, seeds, and insects.
It is seen on its own or in pairs.
The Crested Wood Partridge makes its nest on the ground. The female lays 5-6 white eggs, which hatch after about 18 days. The chicks are born precocial, with some feathers.
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