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Red-legged Partridge

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About the Red-legged Partridge

Also known as: French Partridge, Partridge in a Pear Tree

Red-legged Partridges are colorful birds of the Pheasant family. Native to parts of Spain, France, and Italy, the bird is also an introduced resident breeding species in the United Kingdom.

Red-legged Partridges have large white throat patches bordered in black. Their beaks and feet are red and they have a black eye-stripe.

Although flighted, Red-legged Partridges prefer to run when faced with a threat, and will only fly as a last resort.

The Red-legged Partridge, native to France and introduced to the United Kingdom, is thought to be the species of bird first featured in the Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Grey Partridges are more common in the United Kingdom, where the song originates, but the Red-legged Partridge is more likely to be found perched in a tree.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 01 December 2010
Scientific Name Alectoris rufa
  • Galliformes
  • Phasianidae
  • Alectoris
  • A. rufa
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
12 to 14 inches
Range West Europe North Europe South Europe

International Names

  • orebice rudá (Czech)
  • Rødhøne (Danish)
  • Rode Patrijs (Dutch)
  • punapyy (Finnish)
  • Perdrix rouge (French)
  • Rothuhn (German)
  • Pernice rossa (Italian)
  • アカアシイワシャコ (akaashiiwashako) (Japanese)
  • Rødhøne (Norwegian)
  • góropatwa czerwona (Polish)
  • Рыжая горная куропатка (Russian)
  • Perdiz Roja (Spanish)
  • Rödhöna (Swedish)

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