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Barbary Partridge
(Alectoris barbara)

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Additional Information

Breeding Season: Begins in late April.

Breeding Age:

Clutch Size: 8-14

Incubation Period:: 24-25 days.

Description - Male: While they are similar in size and general appearance to other species of the genus, Barbary Partridge are much more colorful upon closer observation. The face is light gray, surrounded by a chestnut band that is flecked with white. The breast is more buff than other Alectoris species, while the shoulders and back are the same bluish-gray. The sexes are alike, with male being slightly larger and may have small spurs on the red legs. There are very slight, if any, differences in each of the subspecies.

Description - Female: See above.

Status in Captivity: Commonly kept species. It is unknown when the species was last imported to the US, so it is recommended that American lines be monitored for inbreeding.

Misc Notes: Very easy care in aviaries, but can sometimes be aggressive towards aviary mates as breeding season nears. Care also must be taken when making colonies during winter as fighting may take place between males. Aviary floor needs to be well drained. Landscaping with rocks is also recommended for a natural feel. Has been known to produce fertile hybrids with other members of Alectoris. I have personally observed a hybrid pair of Barbary/Chukar at a sale.


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Bibliography and Further Reading

  • Hayes, LB. 1995. Upland Game Birds: Their Breeding and Care. Leland Hayes, Valley Center, CA.
  • Johnsgard, P.A. 1988. The Quails, Partridges, and Francolins of the World. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Madge, S., McGowan, P. 2002. Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
  • Mullarney, K., Svensson, L., Zetterström, D., Grant, P.J. 1999. Birds of Europe. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
  • Robbins, G.E.S. 1998. Partridges & Francolins, their Conservation, Breeding & Management. World Pheasant Association.


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