Other Names: Gray Partridge, Hun, English
Partridge, Bohemian Partridge, European Partridge.
Range: Great Britain, Northern Spain, France
and Italy east through Europe into Turkey, Russia and
western Siberia. Introduced throughout the world and
well established in the United States.
Subspecies: There are seven subspecies
according to Robbins. P. p. perdix, P. p.
hispaniensis, P. p. armoricana, P. p.
sphagnetorum, P. p. lucida, P. p.
canescens and P. p. robusta.
Habitat: Prefers open areas, farmlands and
Description: The face and throat is
rusty-orange. The breast is finely vermiculated gray
with a dark-chestnut horseshoe marking on the upper
abdomen; the belly is white and to light buff. The
upper back is vermiculated brown, gray and white; the
wings are mottled with dark brown. The tail is
Description, Female: The hen is similar to
the male. The horeshoe marking on the breast maybe
absent, smaller or lighter than in the male.
Status in Wild: Common in both the original
range and in the US.
Status in Aviculture: Very common and often
kept by small breeders and large scale game farms.
Breeding Season: Begins in late April and
may last into September.
Breeding Age: First year.
Clutch Size: 15, hens will lay several
clutches per season.
Incubation Period: 24 days.
Misc. Aviculture Notes: While they will get
along in groups during the winter months, birds must
be paired up by early March or fighting will begin.
Can be kept on the ground or on wire. Pen sizes should
be at least six feet long by two feet wide. If on
wire, a portion of the cage should have a solid bottom
with sand or straw for the hen to nest in. They are
hardy birds and able to withstand temperature
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