I wanted to find out about Partridge and Grouse for our Winter Birds topic. I set myself some questions.
What do these birds look like?
This is a grouse.
Below is a Grey Partridge, also knows as an English Partridge.
Where do they live?
We all know that partridges live here:
Actually, Partridges are ground birds and so couldn’t reach a pear tree.
Grey partridges are traditionally found in lowland arable areas of Great Britain from the chalk areas in the south, into East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, reaching into the north of England and the East of Scotland as far as Aberdeenshire. Read more at the RSPB website
The Red Grouse in the UK lives mainly in the North and West uplands. Their numbers are reducing because their habitat is being lost. They live only on heather moorlands and don’t move far from home in their lives. They eat heather, seeds, berries and insects. The RSPB website says:
The best place to see red grouse is on upland heather moors, where they suddenly rocket up from the heather when disturbed to fly off with fast-whirring wingbeats.
What group or family do they belong to?
Partridges and Grouse are both ‘game birds’. This means they are hunted for sport or food. This group also includes birds such as pheasants and ptarmigan.
They belong to the order of galliformes. These are heavy bodied, ground feeding birds and the name is comes from ‘gallus’ the Latin for cock or rooster.
From the garden….
We saw a Jay earlier today. It’s rare to see a Jay as they like to stay in the cover of the trees. After hopping about and looking for insects on some open soil, it flew away, showing off the beautiful blue of it’s wings. The bright blue colour helps them to attract a mate.
We’ve been out topping up the bird-feeders and fat balls today. The birds need a lot of food in the winter as berries and insects are scarce.
Do you know anything about these birds? Please post in the comments below. I’d love to see your photos if you have any.