Hungarian Partridge

Hungarian Partridges, also known as Gray Partridges, are mostly gray birds with a rusty orange head and orange-brown stripes along its back and wings. They also sport a brown, horseshoe-shaped patch on their chest. They are plump birds with rounded heads.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Perdix perdix
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
1-4 Years
SIZE
11.8-13 ” | 0.85-1.1 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • State Protected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Game
GAME TYPE
Upland Game
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Hungarian Partridges can be found in agricultural lands as well as grassland habitats throughout the year.

  • Agricultural Lands
  • Grasslands

Threats

  • Disease
  • Habitat Loss

Natural History

Hungarian Partridges are monogamous and become more territorial during the breeding season. Females nest in the ground, where they will lay 10-22 eggs. They are ground foragers, consuming seeds and greens they pick from the ground, along with the occasional insect. They usually feed at dawn and dusk, spending the remainder of the day resting.

Fun Facts

Hungarian Partridges prefer running over flying, often only taking flight when flushed. When they do fly, it is usually for a short period downhill. They were introduced to the U.S. in the early 1900s.