- Alectoris rufa
34–38 cm (13¼-15 in)
- Light brown back
- Grey breast
- Buff belly
- White face
- Black gorget
- Rufous-streaked flanks
- Red legs
There are 3 subspecies:
- A. r. rufa:
- A. r. hispanica:
- North and west Iberian Peninsula
- A. r. intercedens:
- East and south Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands
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).
- 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/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Red-legged Partridge. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 7 December 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Red-legged_Partridge