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Partridges are birds in the pheasant family, Phasianidae. They are a non-migratory Old World group.
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common name applied to various henlike birds of several families.
Partridge Name given to various henlike birds. The partridges of the old world are members of the pheasant family; the European Common or Hungarian species has been successfully introduced into parts of North America.
Partridges, Grouse, Turkeys and Old World Quail(Order: GALLIFORMES, Family: PHASIANIDAE)
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Partridges, quails, pheasants and allies
Small, medium and large-sized gamebirds, from the tiny quail to the long-tailed, large-bodied pheasants, all with short, curved bills, small heads, rounded bodies and short legs.
Gray partridge Perdix perdix
Length: 10 inches
Stocky, ground-dwelling partridge with short, rounded wings
Grayish-brown bird without bright markings
Short, thick, pale bill ...
Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix)
(aka Common Partridge)
The Grey Partridge is found in the temperate zone of Eurasia from Ireland to Central Asia.
Dumpy, buff-grey bird with orange face.
Perdix perdix ...
Snow Partridge (Lerwa lerwa) is a rare resident in the higher reaches of the Himalayan region in India. Size: 37 cm.
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ORTIX NEOXENUS, Vigors.
[Colinus cristatus.] ...
Partridges are dive-bombed by protective lapwing parents.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
Grey partridge are gregarious birds and only separate into pairs around February prior to the breeding season, then reform into flocks from July to early August.
Pheasants, Partridges, Quails
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Wild Turkeys forage on the ground during the day and roost in trees at night. They are most active around dawn and dusk. They nest on the ground.
Behavior Gray 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.
Crested Wood Partridge
Crested Wood Partridge
Photo by Chuck Dresner
Crested Wood Partridge
Photo by Chuck Dresner ...
The crested wood partridge can live in groups of up to 15 individuals. Breeding pairs dig tunnel-like nests beneath the litter of the forest floor. Offspring can number from four-eight chicks, which are cared for cooperatively by each parent.
Other Names: Crested Partridge, Roul-roul, Red-crowned Wood Partridge or Green Wood Partridge.
Call: "si-u" mournful slow song.
Habitat and Range: lowland dense rainforests in Southeast Asia; especially Myanmar Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
Partridge, Mountain Bamboo- Bambusicola fytchii Found: Asia
Photographed by Dick Daniels at the Washington National Zoo
Genus Rollulus - 1 species ...
Gray Partridge (Perdix perdix)
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) ...
Both genders are brownish with ragged head crests, dark neck ruffs and
fan shaped tails with a broad black band near the tip. The band
on the female is usually broken on the central feathers,
unbroken on the male.
Partridges are fairly social birds living in groups for most of the year, but break up into breeding pairs in the spring in order to rear a brood. Each pair chooses and defends a territory.
The Partridge Rock is a variety of Plymouth Rock chicken (see below), recognized as a breed in 1909.
Francolins are partridges with spurs. In Erckel's francolin, females may develop small spurs, but males often develop two, with the top pair being the longest. The two sexes are similar in appearance, but the male is larger in size.
Crested wood partridge
Status: IUCN: Not listed ; CITES: Not Listed
Dead leaf mantis ...
OTHER NAMES: Partridge
DESCRIPTION: The ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) is one of 10 species of grouse native to North America. Ruffed grouse are the most widely distributed gallinaceous bird in North America.
Ring-necked pheasants sometimes lay eggs in nests of other birds such as gray partridge (Perdix perdix), ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), and blue-winged teal (Anas discors).
Covey Small group of partridges and allied species.
Crepuscular Active at dusk (twilight) and dawn.
Crest Extended feathers on head.
Crown Upper part of head.
Culmen Ridge on upper mandible of bill.
Doves and partridge in particular, are seasonally important. Mountain reedbucks, Dorcas gazelles, Kori bustards, mountain gazelles, gerenuks and Sharpe's grysboks are specific examples of what caracals might hunt.
" It answers to a host of colorful nicknames, the most popular and amusing of which is "timberdoodle" though it is also known as bog sucker, mud snipe, wood snipe, Labrador twister, night partridge and Hokum Sake.
Perdix perdix - Gray Partridge
Perdix dauuricae - Daurian Partridge
Ammoperdix griseogularis - See-see Partridge
Alectoris chukar - Chukar Patridge (photo)
In the wild, caracals will eat guinea fowl, desert partridges, hedgehogs, rodents, mongoose, duikers, dik-diks, mountain reedbuck, fawns of impala, bush-buck and kudu.
Birds up to the size of grouse, domestic foul, pheasant, partridge and even smaller owls (up to and including records of Long-eared Owls) will be taken.
The Ruffed Grouse is frequently called the “partridge.' This leads to confusion with the Gray, or Hungarian, Partridge, which was introduced to Canada from Europe.
For many years this bird was persecuted by game preservers who believed that it was detrimental to both pheasants and partridges.
Caterpillar Hosts: Partridge pea (Cassia fasciculata) and wild sensitive plant (C. nicitans) in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers in the aster family (Asteraceae) including goldenrods and asters.
Guinea fowl are a family of birds native to Africa that resemble partridges but with naked heads. The helmeted guinea fowl, unlike all other guinea fowl, has a horn-like casque on its head (which looks like a helmet) rather than a crown of feathers.
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Blue Headed Pionus Description
Physical Description ...
Ruffed Grouse, also known as the 'partridge', is identified by its plump torso, botched mahogany-red color and feathery legs. This protective color makes it hard to find it in the wilds.
To launch our 175th birthday year, senior curator of animals John Partridge invites you to take a look into our archives, reminiscing about some of his favourite animals from his past 36 years at the Zoo.
Historical footage of the Zoo ...
It is sometimes called 'pheasant' in the South and 'partridge' in the northern states. It is brown with a fan-shaped tail and black feathered ruffs on the sides of the neck. The ruffed grouse is a highly prized game bird.
Prey on birds, especially game species such as grouse and partridge (del Hoyo et al. 1994)
In some areas where preferred prey are scarce, golden eagles known to capture other raptors and also their prey: ...
chickens, pheasants, partridges, grouse, curassows, guineafowl, & megapodes
HELMETED GUINEAFOWL ...
Hens may also lay eggs in nests of other ground nesting birds such as mallards, blue-winged teal, gray partridge, bobwhite, turkey, ruffed and blue grouse. Incubation, usually by the female, lasts twenty three to twenty five days.
Man has persecuted weasels over the years particularly in areas where pheasants and partridges are reared; gamekeepers and farmers have always regarded weasels as vermin and trapped them in large numbers.
Galliformes [pheasants, partridges, turkeys, quail, and guineafowl]
The Mountain hawk eagle feeds on wild rabbits, squirrels and partridges
Diet in the zoo
This raptor's diet in the zoo consists of white field mice ...
Description Mature caterpillar, 1 5/8-1 3/4" (41-44 mm), yellow to greenish, striped on sides, black-dotted in rows across back; hides in day tent formed with silk and leaves of host plant, which may be partridge pea (Chamaecrista cinerea), ...
Phasianidae (Grouse, pheasants and partridges)
Species name author
(Hardwicke, 1827) ...
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus
Described by: Linnaeus (1766)
Alternate common name(s): Black Partridge
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors ...
Scientific name: Callipepla californica Gouldi (Bonaparte, 1850)
Popular Common names: California Quail
Other common names: California partridge, California valley quail ...
They are distantly related to junglefowl and francolins however, and share a common ancestor with Coturnix quail and Alectoris Rock Partridges.
Given the opportunity, turkeys will range widely eating vegetation, seeds and grains. Wild turkeys can fly strongly and roost high in trees. They are more closely related to game birds such as pheasants and partridges than to chickens.
Birds such as pigeons, francolin, partridges, guinea fowl and ducks are regularly caught. Studies in Botswana have revealed a proportional diet of 56% small mammals, 33% birds and 11% reptiles. The largest prey taken was an impala lamb.
The snow leopard is an opportunistic predator. Its most common prey includes wild sheep and goats, but it also eats marmots, pikas, hares and game birds (chukor partridge and snowcocks), as well as domestic sheep and goats.
Red-legged Partridge ( Alectoris rufa )
Redshank ( Tringa totanus )
Ringed Teal ( Callonetta leucophrys )
Rockhopper Penguin ( Eudyptes chrysocome )
Sacred Ibis ( Threskiornis aethiopicus )
Sand Martin / Bank Swallow ( Riparia riparia ) ...
See also: Quail, Grouse, Turkey, Falcon, Eagle