from Eurasia, the Gray Partridge can be found in flat agricultural
land along the length of the Canada-United States border.
Small chicken-like bird. Short neck and tail. Grayish brown back
and chest. Dark reddish U-shaped belly patch. Chestnut barring on
flanks. Face and throat reddish. Bill and legs gray. Short, rounded
wings. Tail chestnut.
Juvenile dull pale brown with darker streaks and spots, lacking
most of the adult pattern.
Gray Partridge hens produce some of the largest clutches of any
bird species. Clutch size can range up to 22 eggs, and averages
16 to 18.
Condition at Hatching
and covered in
down, able to leave the
nest and feed itself.
Habitat - Grassland
Primarily cultivated fields and grasslands with hedgerows; in Old
World, more widespread in open country.
Food - Seeds
Nesting - Nest Placement - Ground
Behavior - Ground Forager
Conservation status via IUCN - Least Concern
Still introduced in some areas. North American populations
declining in some areas.