Contents

Abstract
1 Introduction and important questions
2 Shortage of information on Mountain Quails
3 Taxonomy, evolutionary relationships
4 Geographical names and synonyms
5 Specimens at scientific collections
5.1 Known specimens
5.2 Missing and unknown specimens
5.3 The last living Mountain Quail
6 Morphology and colouration
6.1 The Mountain Quail Picture
6.2 Size
6.3 Wings
6.4 Legs
6.5 Tail
6.6 Body Posture
6.7 Feathers
6.8 Molting
6.9 Bill and leg colouration
6.10 The tail underside signal
7 Geographical and altitudinal range
7.1 Why two separated ranges?
7.2 Vertical distribution
8 Behaviour
8.1 Security Behaviour
8.2 Technophoby - retreat from human neighbourhood
8.3 Thermoregulation - protection from unfavourable temperature
8.4 Social Organization
8.5 Vocalization
8.6 Seasonal migration - Yes or No?
9 Ecology
9.1 Habitat
9.2 Feeding
9.3 Conclusions concerning Mountain Quail habitats
10 A threatened Mountain Quail population - Why is it rare or extinct?
11 Searching for living Mountain Quails
11.1 Unconfirmed Mountain Quail sightings
11.2 Previous searching expeditions
11.3 Our expedition in 1989
12 How to continue?
12.1 Searching for Mountain Quail specimens in private collections
12.2 Searching for Mountain Quails in the Himalayas
12.3 Proposals for searching in the field
12.4 Identification of specimens
12.5 First steps after 1989
13 References
Figures
Tables
Acknowledgement

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