GREY PAR­TRIDGE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Our na­tive par­tridges have de­clined greatly in re­cent years and can be tricky birds to see, be­ing com­fort­ably out­num­bered by the im­ported and ‘re­leased’ or ‘re­stocked’ non-na­tive Red­legged Par­tridge. But Grey Par­tridges are much ‘bet­ter’ birds, sub­tly marked and in grey brown and orange and with a lovely rasp­ing call, most of­ten heard in the cre­pus­cu­lar hours. They are birds of low­land arable farm­land and grass­land, usu­ally found in pairs or small cov­eys of up to a dozen or so birds.

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