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Partridge, Red legged (Alectoris rufa)
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Partridge, Red legged (Alectoris rufa)

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This species was originally introduced into the UK from continental Europe. Bigger than the grey partridge it can be found in small groups on open fields, occasionally open woodland, and on cleared sand and gravel workings. It feeds on a diet of seeds and roots and can be identified by its chuffing call - 'chuk chuk chuk chukaa'
Eggs: 10-16
Incubation: 23-24 days
Fledging: 10 days (when small)
Length: 32-34cm

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