Grey or Hungarian Partridge

The Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) also known as Hungarian Partridge or Hun is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae. The Grey partridge is native to farmland of Europe into western Asia and has been widely introduced into North America and are now quite common in some areas of southern Canada and the northern United States.

The hens lay up to twenty eggs in a ground nest. The nest is usually in the margin of a wheat field or some other cereal grain. Partridge are not migratory, forms flocks outside the breeding season and live on the ground instead of in trees.

Partridge are seed-eating birds, but the young will take insects as an essential protein supply. In fact during the first 10 days of life, the young can only digest insects.

Male Hungarian Partridge and and female Partridge have very similar in markings but the male partridge has a horseshoe shaped marking on the breast. The Males face and throat have tinges of brownish orange and the males breast has streaks of darker gray. In femaile partridge the breast is normally more of a solid grayish color and they will have a much less dominate horsehoe or U marking.

Hunting of Partridge is a popular sport and that is the reason for their introduction into North America.

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