Himalayan Snowcock

The Himalayan Snowcock is a large upland game bird with a gray body, white throat, two brown lines running down the neck, and orange-brown markings throughout its head and body. They were introduced to the Ruby Mountains of Nevada from the Himalayas in 1963.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Tetraogallus himalayensis
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
3-6 Years
SIZE
22-29 ” | 4.4-6.8 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • State Protected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Game
GAME TYPE
Upland Game
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

The Himalayan Snowcock can be found in alpine meadows in Central and South Asia. In Nevada, they can be found in the Ruby Mountains and East Humboldt Range near Elko, NV.

  • Pinyon juniper forests

Natural History

Female Himalayan Snowcocks will make simple scrapes in the ground to create their nest in areas protected by rocks and bushes. They lay four to six eggs which are incubated for 27-31 days. Himalayan Snowcocks consume roots, berries, grasses, forbes, and seeds.

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