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Crested Wood Partridge

Rollulus roulroul

Did you know?

  • These forest-dwelling birds live in groups of 12 or more.
  • Their diet includes seeds, fruits, insects, and small mollusks.
  • Crested wood partridges build a large domed nest by throwing plant material over their backs, partially covering themselves.
  • The female lays five to six white eggs.
  • Both parents care for the young.

Colorful Couples

It is easy to tell males apart from females. Males sport a bright red tuft or crest of feathers on their heads while the females are a jewel green with brown wings.

Mom and Dad, I'm Hungry!

Unlike many other similar ground birds, these partridge chicks will not eat by themselves right away. They depend on both parents to pass food to them.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild

Near threatened

The Crested Wood Partridge is likely to qualify for threatened category in the near future, perhaps very quickly depending on local development projects such as rainforest logging.


Southeastern Asia


Forests, dense second growth

We care about crested wood partridges

The Saint Louis Zoo supports crested wood partridges in the Bird House and Bird Garden. Learn more about how we are helping wildlife around the world.

Dedicated to Conservation

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Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor of the 1920s in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.

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