Gray Partridge

Perdix perdix

Order

GALLIFORMES

Family

Partridges, Grouse, Turkeys, Old World Quail (Phasianidae)

Code 4

GRAP

Code 6

PERPER

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Gray Partridge is a gamebird in the pheasant family, and may also be called the “English Partridge”, “Hungarian Partridge” or simply “Hun”. Breeding grounds span across Europe and western Asia, and has been introduced in North America. Since introduction, it is common in southern Canada and the northern United States. Nests are built on the margin of cereal fields such as Winter wheat. These birds do not migrate, and are very territorial. The Gray Partridge typically forages for seeds in the fields, but young birds will also eat insects for added protein. The conservation rating of the Gray Partridge is Least Concern.

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Overview

Gray Partridge: Gray-brown ground bird with rufous face and throat. Body complexly barred and streaked with red and white. Dark red belly patch. Legs and feet are yellow-orange. Prefers to walk rather than fly. Introduced to North America as a game bird in the early 1900s. AKA Hungarian Partridge.

 

Range and Habitat

Gray Partridge: A non-native species in North America. Originally from Europe and Asia. Introduced to North America as a game bird, and is now found in British Columbia, and in parts of south central Canada. It is also found in the north central United States. Found in open areas, farmland, grasslands and brush.

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Gray Partridge SONGS AND CALLS

Gray Partridge P1

"Keee-uck" calls.

Gray Partridge L1

Wing sounds and "kut-kut" calls as a bird takes flight in alarm.

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Voice Text

"kee-ah"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Gray Partridge hens produce some of the largest clutches of any bird species. Clutch size can range up to 22 eggs, and averages 16 to 18.
  • It is also known as the English Partidge, the Hungarian Partidge, or Hun.
  • A group of partridges has many collective nouns, including a "bevy", "brace", "covey", "jugging", and "warren" of partridges.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Author

David Lukas

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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Also called the breast area, it is the frontal area on the body containing the breastplate and major flight muscles.
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