Philby's Rock Partridge
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Breeding Season: April to June.
Breeding Age: First year.
Clutch Size: 5 to 8, egg color: buff with light pink flecks.
Incubation Period:: 25 days.
Description - Male: Overall plumage same as other Alectoris species, but easily distinguished by the black cheeks and throat; a narrow white stripe from the bill to behing the eye seperates the black from the grayish-blue head; rest of plumage similiar to the Chukar Partridge. Males maybe slightly larger and will have a tarsal knob (spur), which is more pronounced in older birds.
Description - Female: Sexes similar.
Status in Captivity: First brought to the US in the 1980s, they are now well established and fairly common in aviculture.
Misc Notes: This species is similiar in habits to captive Chukars. Despite being from an arid climate, they are hardy during the colder months. Chicks can be raised in the same fashion as Chukars, watch for feather picking. A silver mutation has been developed in captivity.
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