Chinese Bamboo-partridge along the road to Zhangjiajie, China

on 14th July 2008


In many Asian countries, exotic wildlife attracts, not to view but to feast. Many eat exotic wildlife for various superstitious beliefs. And China was where Roger Moo a.k.a. cactus400D had his first encounter with the slaughter of the extremely beautiful Golden (Chrysolophus pictus) and Lady Amherst’s Pheasants (C. amherstiae) for food (above).


It was on the road to Zhangjiajie in the province of Hunan that he encountered a row of shops offering these peasants as well as a hog badger (Arctonyx collaris).

He also saw another bird offered to tourists – Chinese Bamboo-partridge (Bambusicola thoracica) (above). This bird is native to the bamboo forests of South China and Taiwan. Although not globally threatened, it is becoming uncommon in China through habitat destruction and over hunting.

For US$50 or thereabout, you can have a pheasant prepared and cooked on the spot. A partridge no doubt would cost less (above).

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

Hog badger identified by Haniman from the image shown in the earlier post.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi..The name’s HANIMAN.Not Hainaman.That sounds like a province in China =)..Anyways live Chinese Bamboo partridge worth a lot in the international market. In the Middle East, aviculturists there are willing to pay up to US$200 each to have them in their collection.

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