Gray Partridge

Despite what is sung in a classic Christmas song (that drives many people crazy), you’re not likely to find a partridge in a pear tree, or any tree at all, since they are ground dwelling birds that can’t fly very well!

The Gray, or Hungarian, Partridge is one of many species of partridge. This game bird native to Europe was introduced to North America in the early 1900s. They weigh around 13-17 oz (370-480 grams) with a wingspan of 20-22 inches (50-55 cm).

Gray partridges live in grasslands and cultivated fields where they gather in small groups and feed on seeds and greens as well as insects. Gray partridges are easily spooked, and will fly off even if a disturbance is 60 feet (18 meters) away.

Gray partridges have short lifespans, the average life expectancy is around 1.8 years and some of the oldest individuals were only 4 years old. Their predators include foxes, hawks, falcons, owls, and domestic cats and dogs. They do, however, have one of the largest clutch sizes of any bird. A single female can lay up to 22 eggs.

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