Partridges & Pheasants (Phasianidae)
Partridges and Pheasants are small to large ground-dwelling game birds that are capable of great speed off the mark but unable to sustain extended flight. They are ground feeders, often scratching for their food among leaves and earth, using their powerful legs and feet. Pheasants are sexually dimorphic. Grouse are included in the subfamily Tetraoninae.
Seven species of partridge and pheasant are native to Europe. Another three have been introduced and are present in self-supporting feral populations. Five species of grouse breed in Europe.
Species seen but not photographed:
  • Barbary Partridge: Fuerteventura (March 2018)