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Photo © by nigelblake
Old Warden, Bedfordshire UK
Alectoris rufa


34–38 cm (13¼-15 in)

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


Europe: found in France, Iberia and Italy.

Introduced to many countries, including Britain and New Zealand.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • A. r. rufa:
  • A. r. hispanica:
  • North and west Iberian Peninsula
  • A. r. intercedens:


Varied habitat, from farmland to moorland.



They nest on the ground. The clutch consists of 10-16 smooth, glossy, yellowish-white eggs with reddish-buff or greyish markings, which are incubated for 23-25 days.


Their diet consists of roots, grain and shoots of grass and cereals, berries. They also take insects (including their eggs).


Call: ka-chu-chu.


  1. 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/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016)
  3. Wikipedia

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