Grey Partridge

Perdix perdix

(P. p. canescens)

Armenian Name: Մոխրագույն կաքավ
Grey Partridge

See Plate 21 for Grey Partridge and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:29-31 cm, Wing Span:45-48 cm
Distribution Map: Map 93.
Adult: Gray-brown upperparts, dull orange face, gray underparts with blackish patch on belly; brown-red outertail feathers and vertical stripes on flanks. Male has more orange on face and larger belly patch than female.
Juvenile: Gray-orange overall with dark spots and streaks above; narrow streaks below.
Behavior: Usually seen in small flocks, often in cultivated fields.
Habitat: Subalpine meadows, cultivated fields, arid mountain steppe, juniper thickets, orchards.
Food: Seeds and green plants, grains, insects.
Nest: Shallow depression lined with grass and other vegetation in grassy field or at edge of farmland.
Eggs: 35 mm, 10-20, grayish.