Red-legged Partridge

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.

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