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Peltopyy - Ähtäri Zoo

Grey Partridge

Perdix perdix

The Finnish grey partridge population has diminished heavily in the latter half of the 20th century. This species suffers as result of changing habitats in the countryside, intensive farming, lack of drainage in fields, and fewer places that provide cover during the winter. In the 2000s, the nesting population has slowly started to grow, and the current estimate is 8,500–9,000 nesting pairs. In the latest conservation status review, the species was classified as a “least concern” species.

The grey partridge holds a world record among birds: one hatching can have up to 20 eggs!

Unfeathered legs

Birds in the Phasianidae family are not as well adapted to Finland’s cold winters as the grouse. Phasianidae do not have a warm plumage on their legs.

Conservation status

LC stands for “least concern.” The species is well-known, and the population is abundant or stable.

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