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.

Identification difficulty

Most numerous in England, especially in the east. Usually seen in groups in open fields.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

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.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire & Rutland as a breeding bird, with numbers boosted by feral stock.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map