Red-legged Partridge

Alectoris rufa

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A plump, round, gamebird the red-legged partridge is common in farmland where it feeds on seeds, leaves and small invertebrates. When disturbed, red-legged partridges prefer to run instead of fly but they will fly short distances if necessary. They breed in open scrub and farmland, laying their eggs on the ground.

How to identify

The red-legged partridge is sandy grey-brown above with intricate black and brown barring on its sides and a white throat surrounded by a black necklace. The bright red beak and pink-red legs immediately identifies it.

Where to find it

England and lowland parts of eastern Scotland and Wales.


When to find it

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How can people help

The red-legged partridge is an introduced species in Britain. Some introduced species can become a pest, both to humans and to other wildlife, while others can live easily alongside our native species. As a gamebird, it's possible that the introduction and success of the red-legged partridge has helped to take pressure off certain native species. The Wildlife Trusts record and monitor our local wildlife to understand the effects of various factors on their populations such as the introduction of new species. You can help with this vital monitoring work by becoming a volunteer - you'll not only help local wildlife but learn new skills and make new friends along the way.

Species information

Common name
Red-legged Partridge
Latin name
Alectoris rufa
Length: 33-36cm Wingspan: 48cm Weight: 490g
Conservation status
Introduced species.