Gray Partridge

(Perdix perdix)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 
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NNA - No Status Rank

SNA - No Status Rank

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

11 to 14 in length

19 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Grassy, weedy fields, agricultural croplands

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Migration

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

Waste grain, seeds.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Nativity

 
 

Native to Europe and Asia

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon and local year-round resident

In the twentieth century, the range of Gray Partridge in North America has been declining. There are four geographically distinct populations of Gray Partridge in North America. The largest of these is in the Great Plains region. It extends from “the southern halves of Alberta and Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba southward to the eastern two-thirds of Montana, northwestern Wyoming, all of North Dakota, the northern half of South Dakota, western and southern Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa.”* The range in this region is stable, not declining.

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* McCrow, Vernon Pat, "Gray partridge habitat use and nesting biology in north-central Iowa " (1982). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. Paper 7516.

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Galliformes (landfowl)  
 

Family

Phasianidae (pheasants, grouse, and allies)  
  Subfamily Perdicinae (partidges, francolins, and Old World quail)  
 

Genus

Perdix (gray partridges)  
       
 

According to the American Ornithologist’s Union (1957), Gray Partridge were imported into North America from stock obtained from England, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. In all of these countries, it is most likely that that the subspecies Perdix perdix perdix was obtained. However, Gray Partridge has been imported many times, sometimes by private individuals, where the origin of the birds was unknown or unrecorded. Therefore, it is likely that the North American population is a mix of several subspecies and hybrids.

 
       
 

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Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (13 February 2011).

   
  Gray Partridge (Phasianidae: Perdix perdix) Male Vocalizing
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Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (13 February 2011).

   
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  Gray partridge by ktbirding.com
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Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012

A back view of a beautiful, gallineous bird.

   

 

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