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.

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