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Barbary Partridge - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Mehd Halaouate
Central Morocco, October 2004
Alectoris barbara

Identification

34–38 cm (13¼-15 in)

  • Light grey face and throat
  • Broad rufous neck collar with white spots
  • Dark reddish brown central crown stripe
  • Blue grey shoulders and back
  • Rufous-streaked white flanks
  • Red legs

Sexes similar

Distribution

Southern Europe and northern Africa.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Alectoris barbara has four subspecies[1]:

  • A. b. koenigi:
  • A. b. barbara:
  • A. b. spatzi:
  • A. b. barbata:

Habitat

Dry, open and often hilly country.

Behaviour

Breeding

The nest is a ground scrape. The 8-16 eggs are incubated for 24 days.

Diet

The diet includes insects and seeds.

Vocalisation

Call: tree-tree-tree chehche

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. gbwf.org
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6

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