Gray Partridge

Perdix perdix
L 12 1/2″(32 cm).

Song or calls:
Hoarse “kur-rik.”

Description: Rusty brown face and throat, brown cap, gray neck and breast. Chestnut horseshoe on belly. Reddish-brown bars on flanks. Chestnut horseshoe smaller or absent in females and lacking in juveniles.

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Habitat: Open farmland and grassy fields.

Where in Nebraska: Uncommon to rare and local in northeastern part of state. Most often seen in Douglas-Sarpy counties area since 1950, but has also occured in southcentral Nebraska.

Fun Facts: Gray Partridges lay the largest clutch sizes of any bird species, averaging 16-18 and up to 22 eggs.