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Rock Partridge - BirdForum Opus

A. g. saxatilis
Photo by Wintibird
Valais, Switzerland, May 2015
Alectoris graeca

Includes: Sicilian Rock Partridge


32–37 cm (12½-14½ in)

  • Rotund
  • Light brown back
  • Grey breast
  • Buff belly
  • White face with black gorget
  • Rufous-streaked flanks
  • Red legs

Similar Species

Artwork by tamandua

Chukar Partridge


Endemic to southeastern Europe; replaced further east by Chukar Partridge, and west by Red-legged Partridge.



Four subspecies are accepted[2]:

Subspecies orlandoi is not accepted by all authorities[3].


Rocky mountain and hill sides with short grass, sparse shrubs and trees.



They nest in a scantily lined ground scrape laying 5-21 eggs.


They have a mainly vegetarian diet which consists of a wide variety of seeds, fruits and other plant matter. The also eat some insects.


  1. Corso, A. (2010). Sicilian Rock Partridge: identification and taxonomy. Dutch Birding 32(2): 79-96.
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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