Barbary partridge

Alectoris barbara

The Barbary partridge , is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds Native to North Africa.
Barbary partridge (Alectoris barbara) Sidi Boughaba National Park, Morocco. Sep 23, 2014. Alectoris barbara,Barbary partridge,Fall,Geotagged,Morocco

Appearance

This partridge has its main native range in North Africa, and is also native to Gibraltar...hieroglyph snipped... and the Canary Islands . It has been introduced to Portugal and Madeira, though there are no recent records of this species on the latter islands. It is also present in Sardinia. It is closely related to its western European equivalent, the red-legged partridge .

This 33–36 cm bird is a resident breeder in dry, open and often hilly country. It nests in a scantily lined ground scrape laying 10-16 eggs. The Barbary partridge takes a wide variety of seeds and some insect food.

The Barbary partridge is a rotund bird, with a grey-brown back, grey breast and buff belly. The face is light grey with a broad reddish-brown gorget. It has rufous-streaked white flanks and red legs. When disturbed, it prefers to run rather than fly, but if necessary it flies a short distance on rounded wings.

It is similar to the red-legged partridge, but it has a different head and neck pattern. The song is a noisy ''tre-tre-tre-tre-tre-cheeche-tre-tre-tre''.

The Barbary partridge is the national bird of Gibraltar.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderGalliformes
FamilyPhasianidae
GenusAlectoris
SpeciesA. barbara
Photographed in
Morocco