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Gray Partridge - Perdix perdix



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Galliformes
 Family: Phasianidae
 Genus:  Perdix 
ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least ConcernLeast Concern


Gray PartridgeThe gray partridge, also known as the Hungarian partridge, is a small chicken-like bird. It has a gray neck and chest and a rusty red head. Its wing and tail feathers are brown, rust, white, and gray. It has short, round wings and a small bill. Males often have a dark brown U-shaped patch on their stomach. Females may have a smaller patch or no patch at all.


mapThe gray partridge is a non-native species in North America. It is originally from Europe and Asia. It was introduced to North America as a game bird and is now found in the north central United States and south central Canada.



The gray partridge lives in open areas, farmland, grasslands, and brush.


Most of the gray partridge's diet is made up of grains. It also occasionally eats insects.

Life Cycle

The female gray partridge lays 8-10 eggs in a shallow depression lined with grass. The eggs take a little over three weeks to incubate. The chicks begin to fly when they are about two weeks old.


Gray PartridgeGray partridges are non-territorial during the non-breeding season and live in large groups or coveys. Males can be aggressive towards each other during mating season. Males and females pair up in the spring for mating.

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