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Partridge (Italian subspecies)
Perdix perdix italica

Map of the common names

Usually easy to recognise by its size (L 30 cm), chubby shape, greyish plumage and pale brick-red head. The preferred habitat is medium mountainous areas close to open farmland. Feeds on seeds and insects. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
This subspecies is endemic of Italy and its present breeding population is unlikely to exceed a hundred pairs. Agricultural intensification, excessive hunting, competition with reared birds released (pheasants and partridges) and hybridization with other species of partridges are the most important problems.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
2,000 / 5,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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