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Observed: 4th October 2010 By: PerdikaPerdika’s reputation in BirdsPerdika’s reputation in BirdsPerdika’s reputation in Birds
Rock Partridge 10-10-04 (1)
Rock Partridge 10-10-04 (1) 1

My nom de plume, Perdika, is the Greek word for partridge. It is also the name of the village where I have holiday home, and where partridges have not been seen for many years but were once frequent. Up to a few years ago they could be seen in a village a mile or so away along the coast, but no longer. My husband disturbed this group last October while he was driving in the rocky middle of the island, and photographed them in great haste. You will have to look hard, but both photos show at least four birds. I understand there are two possibilities: Alectoris graeca (Rock Partridge) or Alectoris chukar (Chukar). I suspect the answer is that from these photos it is impossible to tell which it is we have here.

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As far as I can tell from the

As far as I can tell from the picture these birds have pure white chins which suggests A graeca is correct. A chukar has a cream coloured chin. I think your location is more consistent with the range of A graeca as well.

Jonathan Wallace

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The pictures are not very clear, so this is not easy. In general, Chukar is an island species and Rock a mainland species. However, there are exceptions for each and Chukar is released widely for shooting. I do not know what the situation is on Aegina, but Birds of Greece (Handrinos/Akriotis) does not mention Rock Partridge there...


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Thank you both

There is certainly a fair amount of shooting on Aegina, but it hadn't occurred to me that birds might be released for shooting. Certainly, partridges were once very common there and not just in Perdika - a seventeenth-century traveller to the island reported that the local people destroyed partridge eggs because the birds consumed their crops.