The Zoo’s Aviary is home to three crested wood partridges, one adult male, one adult female, and their offspring. The male hatched here at the Zoo in 2013 and the female came to the Zoo in 2016. The offspring hatched in March 2017.
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) status: Near threatened. There is an alarming rate of lowland deforestation throughout its range. However, this bird tolerates secondary, selectively-logged forests fairly well and remains common locally, though suffers from high hunting pressure in several areas.
The crested wood partridge ranges across Southeast Asia, from Myanmar and Thailand through peninsular Malaysia to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. These birds are often seen in tropical lowland forests in broad-leaved evergreens, dense primary forests and bamboo forests. While found mainly in lowland plains and foothills, they can be found up to 1,550 meters above sea level.
Their diet includes seeds, fruits, insects (large beetles, wood ants), and small mollusks (small snails). There has been a reported association between the crested wood partridge and wild pigs; these birds have been seen feeding on fragments of fruit discarded by the wild pigs that they would be unable to eat on their own.
The breeding season for the crested wood partridge varies widely throughout its range; in some countries the breeding season can continue for almost the entire year.
While the crested wood partridge’s wings are not ideal for long distance flight, they are helpful to escapes from predators. When frightened, the crested wood partridges quickly run away but if necessary they have the ability to fly short distances.