British wildlife recordings
Alectoris rufa : Red-legged Partridge - Phasianidae; Perdix perdix : Grey Partridge - Phasianidae
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Red-legged Partridge, Alectoris rufa & Partridge, Perdix perdix
The grey partridge, once a common sight in the short grass of lowland arable areas, has recently undergone dramatic declines and is now a Red List species. With its harsh ‘skeer-ick’ call, this plump gamebird has a distinct orange face and feeds on a mixture of insects, seeds and leaves. Despite the famous Christmas song, you are very unlikely to see a partridge in any sort of tree, let alone a pear tree, as they are definite ground birds. Larger than its grey relative, the red-legged partridge is found across most of England with its distribution extending along the east coast into Scotland. Preferring open areas such as fields and light woodland, these birds produce a noisy ‘chuk chuk chuk chukaa’ call and favour a diet of seeds and roots.