Grey partridge

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Grey partridge
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Perdix
P. perdix
Binomial name
Perdix perdix
Range of P. perdix
  Native range
  Introduced range

The grey partridge (Perdix perdix) is a 30 cm tall bird. It is brown-backed and has grey flanks and chest. The belly is white, usually marked with a large chestnut-brown horse-shoe mark. This mark should not only be the detail to divide into male or female partridge. When disturbed or if it feels danger, it flies a short distance. The song is a harsh kieerr-ik or keev-it and often calling rick rick rick or it-it-it.

Partridges live in open country including farmland, moorland, downs, steppes, semi-desserts and sand dunes. They prefer a warm and dry climate. They eat grains, seeds and small insects.

The scientific name is the Latin for "partridge", and is itself derived from Ancient Greek perdix.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2012). "Perdix perdix". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 297. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Perdix perdix at Wikimedia Commons
Data related to Perdix perdix at Wikispecies