Barbary Partridges

Barbary Partridge, Alectoris barbara , has its main native range in north Africa and the Canary Islands. It has been introduced to Madeira, though there are no recent records of this species. It is closely related and similar to its western European equivalent, the Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa).

Breeding / Nesting:

This bird is a resident breeder in dry, open and often hilly country. It nests in a scantily lined ground scrape laying 10-16 eggs.

Diet / Feeding:

The Barbary Partridge takes a wide variety of seeds and some insect food.


The Barbary Partridge averages 33 to 36 cm in length. It is a rotund bird, with a grey-brown back, grey breast and buff belly. The face is light grey with a broad reddish-brown gorget. It has rufous-streaked white flanks and red legs. When disturbed, it prefers to run rather than fly, but if necessary it flies a short distance on rounded wings.

It is similar to the Red-legged Partridge, but it has a different head and neck pattern.

Song / Call:

The song is a noisy tre-tre-tre-tre-tre-cheeche-tre-tre-tre.

Photo of author

Team Beauty of Birds's team of experts includes veterinarians, biologists, environmentalists and active bird watchers. All put together, we have over half a century of experience in the birding space.

You can meet our team here.