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Bird  Red-Legged Partridge

Red-Legged Partridge - Photo  Copyright 2004 Andy Darrington
Photo: Andy Darrington

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying birds? Probably the best value field guide is the "Collins Bird Guide" which is available through Amazon.co.uk -  click here

Latin name: Alectoris rufa

Size: Approximately 32-34cms 

Distribution: Found in many lowland areas of the UK.

Months seen: All year round

Food: Seeds, shoots, and insects.

Habitat: Meadows, farmland and heathland

Special features: This species was introduced to the UK for shooting, but is an unpopular game bird since it is reluctant to fly.

The red legs are just one distinguishing feature of this colourful bird. It also has a red beak, black eye stripes, white cheeks, a black necklace and beautiful black and bronze scalloped markings on the flanks.


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