Gray Partridge Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Sexes similar
- Stocky, ground-dwelling partridge with short,
  rounded wings
- Grayish-brown bird without bright markings
- Short, thick, pale bill
- Tawny cinnamon face with uncrested brown crown
  and ear patch
- Gray nape and breast with fine, dark vermiculations
- Brown back and upperwings
- Reddish-brown bars on flanks
- Rufous outer tail feathers visible in flight
- Male has dark brown patch on center of belly, female
  has smaller or absent marking
- Immatures similar to adults but have yellow rather
  than blue-gray feet

Similar species
Chukar has red bill, black eyeline and necklace, and black bars on flanks. Northern Bobwhite has different face pattern and is smaller with a grayish tail in flight.
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