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Crested partridges inhabit bamboo forests and tropical forest clearings with dense vegetation in Southeast Asia. In small groups they scratch the ground with their feet in search of invertebrates, fruits, grasses and seeds. They roost in trees at night. In the breeding season the females make a sheltered nest out of grass stems and leaves. They lay 4–6 eggs with a brooding period of 26–28 days. Both male and female birds rear the chicks.