name = "Alectoris"
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genus = " Alectoris "
genus_authority = Kaup, 1829
subdivision_ranks = Species
subdivision = See text.
"Alectoris", is a genus of
partridges with representatives in southern Europe, north Africaand Arabia, and across Asiato Tibetand western China. Members of the genus, notably the Chukarand Red-legged Partridge, have been introduced to the United States, Canada, New Zealandand Hawaii. In some countries, such as Great Britain, hybrids between the two widespread introduced species are common.
These are rotund birds, typically with a light brown or grey back, grey breast and buff belly. The face is white or whitish with a dark gorget. They have has rufous-streaked flanks and red legs. When disturbed, they prefer to run rather than fly, but if necessary will fly a short distance on rounded wings.
pecies in taxonomic order
Arabian Partridge, "Alectoris melanocephala"
Przevalski's Partridge, "Alectoris magna"
Rock Partridge, "Alectoris graeca"
Chukar, "Alectoris chukar"
Philby's Partridge, "Alectoris philbyi"
Barbary Partridge, "Alectoris barbara"
Red-legged Partridge, "Alectoris rufa"
A prehistoric species, "A. peii", is known form
China. Another one, "A. baryosefi", has been described from Early Pleistocene fossils found at El-`Ubeidiya( Jordan valley), Israel.
* Madge, Steve; McGowan, Philip J. K. & Kirwan, Guy M. (2002): "Pheasants, partridges and grouse : a guide to the pheasants, partridges, quails, grouse, guineafowl, buttonquails and sandgrouse of the world". Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0-7136-3966-0
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