British wildlife recordings

Alectoris rufa : Red-legged Partridge - Phasianidae; Perdix perdix : Grey Partridge - Phasianidae

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    W1CDR0001377 BD8

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  • Recording locations

    OS Grid Reference(303500,565500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Red-legged Partridge, Alectoris rufa & Partridge, Perdix perdix

  • Description

    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.

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