Unlike the Rock Partridges,
Genus Alectoris, the sexes are different. The
male, seen in the front in the photograph, has a large
red crest, red orbital skin, overall glossy
bluish-purple body and red feet and bill. The hen is
much drabber in comparison. She lacks the bright
crest, has an overall greenish color with
chestnut-brown wings, black bill and red feet.
If kept in an indoor, tropical
environment, Roul-roul may lay at anytime during the
year. The males seem to do most of the nest building,
using pine needles, branches or straw to create a
tunnel like nest. Clutches range from about 4 to 6
eggs. Incubation is done by the female and lasts 18 to
In captivity, the chicks of
this species may have problems learning to eat.
Provide mealworms and place a few small size chicks
such as button quail in the brooder to help "teach"
the little partridge to eat.
Roul-roul are not often kept
and bred in aviaries and remain somewhat expensive.
They are not recommended for the beginning breeder and
are still a challenge for even experienced breeders.
They are prone to develop many poultry diseases, and
need to be kept away from ground where other game
birds have been kept. They also do not seem to do well
on wire, often developing foot and leg problems. It is
recommended that they are kept in pairs in aviaries
with sand bottoms and well planted.
Roul-roul are not very winter
hardy and need heated quarters during extremely cold
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