Game birds

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The two partridge species are both gregarious birds forming groups called 'covies' in the winter, whirring away on fast wings low over the ground when disturbed. Red-legged partridge is an introduced species from southern Europe, identified by its bold black-and-white striped sides and black-and-white face pattern. Grey partridge is our native species, unfortunately now rare in many places, it is smaller with pale grey chest and neck, brick red face and a broad black belly spot.

Pheasant is an introduced game bird from Asia. Over the years many races have been brought in, which has produced a great variety of plumages in the cock birds.

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