Daurian Partridge/Perdix dauurica

This partridge breeds on farmland across much of temperate eastern Asia from Kyrgyzstan east to China and Mongolia. It is a non-migratory terrestrial species, which forms flocks outside the breeding season. In parts of its range, it overlaps with the very similar and closely related Grey Partridge, with which it forms a superspecies.

Daurian Partridge is a bird of open country, ideally with some adjacent bushes or light woodland. The nest is a lined depression in or near cover, and the typical clutch is 18-20 eggs.

It is a rotund bird, 28-30 cm long, brown-backed, with an orange face and an orange bristly “beard” in the breeding season. The rest of the head and the underparts are grey with a buff central chest and a black belly patch. The female has a smaller belly patch and is duller than the male. Young Daurian Partridges are esentally grey-brown, and lack the distinctive face and underpart markings. The song is a harse kieerr-ik.

There are three subspecies differing mainly in the plumage becoming darker and more rufous further east.

This is a seed-eating species, but the young in particular take insects as an essential protein supply. When disturbed, like most of the gamebirds, it flies a short distance on rounded wings, often calling rick rick rick as it rises.

Daurian Partridge is not globally threatened, but may be overhunted in parts of its range.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perdix_dauurica

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