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Grey Partridge

Grey PartridgeThe 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 this bird.

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