Red-legged Partridge - Alectoris rufa
Larger than the Grey Partridge, it has a large white chin and throat patch, bordered with black. It has a greyish body with bold black flank stripes, and a chestnut-sided tail. It is an introduced species, brought to the UK from continental Europe.
Most numerous in England, especially in the east. Usually seen in groups in open fields.
All year round
This is a seed-eating species, but the young in particular take insects. This species breeds on dry lowlands, such as farmland and open stony areas, laying its eggs in a ground nest.
Fairly common and widespread in Britain.
Fairly common in Leicestershire & Rutland as a breeding bird, with numbers boosted by feral stock.
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