Saturday, 15 August 2009

Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix)

OTHER NAMES: Common Partridge, English Partridge
Latin Etymology: Perdix ("partridge") perdix ("partridge")
  Adult Grey Partridge (subspecies P. p. perdix) at Wooler, Northumbria - July 2009

Featured Subspecies: Perdix perdix perdix
Weight: 310-455g  /  Length: 29-31cm  /  Wingspan: 45-48cm
UK RED LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The grey partridge isn't the rarest game bird in the UK, but it is in decline, and is on the red list of conservation. Its one of those species where if you happen to visit where it lives, you stand a decent chance of seeing one, but not a hope if you don't. I had some luck in the area around Wooller early on in this project, but have only caught brief glimpses of them since.

Related Species:
Order: Phasianidae
Family: Perdicindae
Genus: Perdix
Subspecies: P. p. perdix, P. p. sphagnetorum, P. p. armoricana, P. p. hispaniensis, P. p. lucida, P. p. robusta, P. p. canescens      

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A scarce and local breeding species (43,000 territories)

 - Only seen at Wooler and from the car in the Cambridgeshire countryside.

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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