Partridges are small, dumpy gamebirds – larger than quails, with stronger bills and feet. They are native to the grassy steppes of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Strictly ground birds, they are never likely to be found in a pear tree – as suggested in the Christmas carol The Twelve Days Of Christmas. Francolins are partridges with leg spurs.
See also: Grey Partridge, Red Legged Partridge, Roul Roul Partridge