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The Partridge Family

Observed: 11th July 2007 By: BluedunBluedun’s reputation in BirdsBluedun’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

Red Legged Partridge & chicks

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Approachability

With chicks, the bird will be reluctant to exit very quickly. So long as it sees you coming, you don't get very close and it does not feel especially threatened, it will lead the chicks off rather than let them scatter and try to find them later. If the bird was especially used to humans being around it may actually try to protect the chicks by puffing-up and hissing, rather than moving off.

Red-legs have an odd reproductive strategy - both the cock and hen incubate clutches so that they may hatch over 20 eggs between them. The two broods, if they survive that long, lead separate lives so that they do not compete for food.