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Partridge

Birds of Persia luchas, called būqalamūn (بوقلمون turkey in Persian), and partridges

Partridges are birds in the pheasant family, Phasianidae. They are a non-migratory Old World group.

These are medium-sized birds, intermediate between the larger pheasants and the smaller quails. Partridges are native to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Partridges are ground-nesting seed-eaters.

According to Greek legend, the first partridge appeared when Daedalus threw his nephew, Perdix, off the sacred hill of Athena in a fit of jealous rage. Supposedly mindful of his fall, the bird does not build its nest in the trees, nor take lofty flights and avoids high places.[1]

Partridges appear as part of the first gift listed in the Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas".[2] As such, "A partridge in a pear tree" is sung as the last line of each verse.

Species list in taxonomic order

References

  1. ^ Holmes, Richard (2013). Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air. HarperCollins. p. 1760. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  2. ^ The Associated Press (November 26, 2012). 12 days of Christmas' cost: How much is a partridge in a pear tree?"'". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

External links

  • Videos, photos and sounds - Internet Bird Collection
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