redlegpartridgeGrey brown cap. White stripe below cap.Red bill. Streaked forneck. Black line around white face. Speckled breast. Plain, pale brown upper parts. Black,brown and blue-grey barred flanks

 Length: 32-34cm [12 1/2- 13 1/2 in] Wingspan: 45-50cm [18-20in]
Weight: 400-550g [14-20oz]

There are four subspecies in the wild. The French Red-leg (A. r. rufa) of France and Italy is the subspecies most often seen in captivity (it also the bird pictured to the right). The Spanish Red-leg (A. r. hispanica), is found in northern and western Spain is also kept, but not as common as the French subspecies. There is another subspecies that is resident in eastern and southern Spain, the Southern Spanish Red-leg (A. r. intercedens); the last subspecies is native to Corsica, the Corsican Red-leg (A. r. corsa). There are only slight differences in the subspecies, and the Corsican is almost indistinguishable from the French. This species has been introduced into many places worldwide, including the Canary Islands, the Azores, England and some parts of North America.

The colours of both sexes are similar to other members of the genus, but have a white forehead and a broken black line on the neck and throat, which distinguishes them from the other species. The flanks are also more barred with brown and buff, mixed with white. The males have small spurs and are slightly larger than the females.

April-June. Like the chukar, Red-legs are unlikely to set and hatch their own eggs. Incubation lasts about 23 days and the young should be treated in the same matter as the Chukar. They do not lay the large number of eggs as a Chukar hen; clutches are only about 10 to 12 per bird.

Eats leaves,shoots, berries, acorns,and seeds including beechmast picked up from the ground. Chicks eat insects.


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