Order: Galliformes Family: Phasianidae Status: Breeding in Madeira
Medium-sized bulky game bird with straight stiff wings.
Pale brown upperparts with black, brown and blue-grey barred flanks. It has a striped fore-neck with a black line around its whitish chin. Its bill and legs are red.
It is typically seen in family groups though it is a quite elusive species. Although its bright colours it easily camouflages on dry or light soils.
This partridge species prefers dry and open areas but also grassy cliffs.
Red-legged partridge differs from Rock Partridge and Chukar by its extensive black striped neck and spotted upper breast and sides of neck.
Wingspan: 47 - 50 cm (Beaman & Madge, 2011)
Total length: 32 - 34 cm (Beaman & Madge, 2011)
Weight: 400 - 550 g (Hume, 2002)
Seasonality in Madeira: All year
Breeding: Makes its nest in holes scrapped on ground beneath low but dense vegetation. Lays 7 to 20 eggs in a single early brood between April and June
Diet: Feeds on leaves, shoots, seeds and berries.
Madeira local status by Correia-Fagundes et al, 2021: Common breeding bird
Madeira local status by Romano et al, 2010: Common breeding bird
Madeira local status by Zino et al, 1995: Common breeding bird
Conservation status by the IUCN Red List Categories, 2013: Least Concern ver 3.1
Portuguese: Perdiz-vermelha, Perdiz-comum
Dutch: Rode Patrijs
Spanish: Perdiz Roja
French: Perdrix rouge
Italian: Pernice rossa
Polish: Góropatwa czerwona
Slovak: Kuropta červená
Czech: Orebice rudá
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