Red-Legged PartridgeScientific name: Alectoris rufa
Did you know: The Red-Legged Partridge, also called, ‘French partridge’, was first introduced to the UK in the 1700s from Western Europe and has since become a familiar sight in certain UK regions!
What Do Red-Legged Partridges Look Like? (how to identify them)
Red-Legged Partridges are larger than their Grey Partridge counterparts, measuring 32-34 cm in length with a wingspan of 47-50cm. They are distinguished by their large white chins and throat patches that are bordered by black.
Their body is greyish, adorned with bold black flank stripes and a chestnut-sided tail.
Differences Between Male And Female Red-Legged Partridges
The adult male partridge has a rounded orange head, red bill, and black breast, with white flanks, a brown back, and a black tail. Females are primarily pale brown with a darker back and crown, and a whitish face. Eclipse males resemble females but retain the red bill.
What Do Red-Legged Partridges Eat?
These birds primarily feed on seeds and roots, foraging on the ground in their preferred habitats.
Where Do Red-Legged Partridges Live? (inc. migration info)
Native to southwestern Europe, the Red-Legged Partridge has established itself in flat areas of England and Wales. They are non-migratory, forming flocks outside the breeding season, and prefer dry lowlands such as farmland and open stony areas.
Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Red-Legged Partridges)
The vocalisations of Red-Legged Partridges are characterised by coarse, raspy chuckles. When asserting their territory, they emit a call that begins quietly and escalates into a loud sequence of rhythmic, two or three-note ‘chuk-chuk’ sounds.
When startled, these birds issue a high-pitched, shrieking sound to raise alarm.
Fun Red-Legged Partridge Facts (kid friendly)
- Known for its bright red legs and beak.
- It’s larger than a Grey Partridge but smaller than a Pheasant.
- Prefers to run rather than fly when disturbed.
- The young take insects for protein.
- Forms large flocks in winter, often mixing with other duck species.
- Has been known to cohabit with wild rabbits.
- Can be spotted in areas of England, including Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire.
- Part of the pheasant family, Phasianidae.
- Introduced to the UK for game purposes.
- Faces threats from habitat loss and overhunting in its native range.
Red-Legged Partridge Images
Facts About The Red-Legged PartridgeDiet: Seeds and roots.
Bird Family: Pheasants and partridges
Scientific Name: Alectoris rufa
The Red-Legged Partridge Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months