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Grey partridge: 490 g



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Phasianidae Horsfield, 1821

Perdicinae Horsfield, 1821

Representative species
Grey partridge, Red‑legged partridge, Chukar partridge, See‑see partridge, Rock partridge

Partridges are medium-sized non-migratory gamebirds, with a wide native distribution throughout the Old World, including Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. They are sometimes grouped in the Perdicinae subfamily of the Phasianidae (pheasants, quail, etc.). However, molecular research suggests that partridges are not a distinct taxon within the family Phasianidae, but that some species are closer to the pheasants, while others are closer to the junglefowls.


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These are medium-sized birds, intermediate between the larger pheasants and the smaller quails. Partridges are native to the grassy steppes of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Nowadays they are often found nesting on agricultural land. They nest on the ground and have a diet consisting of seeds and insects. Species such as the grey partridge and the red-legged partridge are popular as game birds, and are often reared in captivity and released for the purpose of hunting. For the same reason, they have been introduced into large areas of North America.

Species list in taxonomic order

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  • Genus Lerwa
  • Snow partridge, Lerwa lerwa
  • Genus Tetraophasis
  • Verreaux's monal-partridge, Tetraophasis obscurus
  • Szechenyi's monal-partridge, Tetraophasis szechenyii
  • Genus Alectoris
  • Arabian partridge, Alectoris melanocephala
  • Przevalski's partridge, Alectoris magna
  • Rock partridge, Alectoris graeca
  • Chukar, Alectoris chukar
  • Philby's partridge, Alectoris philbyi
  • Barbary partridge, Alectoris barbara
  • Red-legged partridge, Alectoris rufa
  • Genus Ammoperdix
  • See-see partridge, Ammoperdix griseogularis
  • Sand partridge, Ammoperdix heyi
  • Genus Perdix
  • Grey partridge, Perdix perdix
  • Daurian partridge, Perdix dauurica
  • Tibetan partridge, Perdix hodgsoniae
  • Genus Rhizothera
  • Long-billed partridge, Rhizothera longirostris
  • Hose's partridge، Rhizothera dulitensis
  • Genus Margaroperdix
  • Madagascar partridge, Margaroperdix madagascarensis
  • Genus Melanoperdix
  • Black wood-partridge, Melanoperdix nigra
  • Genus Xenoperdix
  • Rubeho forest partridge, Xenoperdix obscuratus
  • Udzungwa forest partridge, Xenoperdix udzungwensis
  • Genus Arborophila, the hill partridges
  • Hill partridge, Arborophila torqueola
  • Sichuan partridge, Arborophila rufipectus
  • Chestnut-breasted partridge, Arborophila mandellii
  • White-necklaced partridge, Arborophila gingica
  • Rufous-throated partridge, Arborophila rufogularis
  • White-cheeked partridge, Arborophila atrogularis
  • Taiwan partridge, Arborophila crudigularis
  • Hainan partridge, Arborophila ardens
  • Chestnut-bellied partridge, Arborophila javanica
  • Grey-breasted partridge, Arborophila orientalis
  • Bar-backed partridge, Arborophila brunneopectus
  • Orange-necked partridge, Arborophila davidi
  • Chestnut-headed partridge, Arborophila cambodiana
  • Red-breasted partridge, Arborophila hyperythra
  • Red-billed partridge, Arborophila rubrirostris
  • Scaly-breasted partridge, Arborophila chloropus
  • Chestnut-necklaced partridge, Arborophila charltonii
  • Sumatran partridge, Arborophila sumatrana
  • Vietnam partridge, Arborophila merlini
  • Genus Caloperdix
  • Ferruginous partridge, Caloperdix oculea
  • Genus Haematortyx
  • Crimson-headed partridge, Haematortyx sanguiniceps
  • Genus Rollulus
  • Crested partridge, Rollulus roulroul
  • Genus Bambusicola
  • Mountain bamboo partridge, Bambusicola fytchii
  • Chinese bamboo partridge, Bambusicola thoracica

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