The Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) is a gamebird in the
pheasant family (Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, the gallinaceous birds).
Also known as the Hungarian Partridge (and frequently referred to as "huns"),
this partridge breeds on farmland across most
of Europe into western Asia, laying up to 20 eggs in a ground nest. It is a
non-migratory terrestrial (ground-dwelling) species, which forms flocks outside the
breeding season. It is declining greatly in numbers in areas of intensive
cultivation such as Great Britain, due to loss of breeding habitat and food
supplies. It was introduced into North America and is quite common in some areas
of southern Canada and the northern United States.
It is a rotund bird, brown-backed, with grey underparts, an orange face and a
chestnut belly patch. there is little difference between the sexes. When disturbed,
like most of the gamebirds, it flies a short distance on rounded wings.
This is a seed-eating species, but the young in particular take insects as an
essential protein supply.
Check your local area's game management
agency for seasons, limits, and other things you'll need to know about hunting
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