Family of rare Sichuan partridges caught on camera in SW China

A wild Sichuan partridge family of six recently made a rare appearance when they stepped out to forage in a bamboo forest in the Laojunshan National Nature Reserve in Yibin City, Sichuan Province. Both mature and young birds were visible in the family. As the Sichuan partridge is a rare bird, these "family portraits" are considered very precious, as they recorded the activities of a large family.

The Sichuan partridge is under the first-class state protection in China and listed as "endangered" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species because it is threatened by habitat loss. As the population is very small, a lot is still unknown about the Sichuan partridge.

(All photos via VCG)

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