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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Galloanserae
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Pavoninae
Tribe: Tetraogallini
Genus: Ammoperdix
Gould, 1851

Ammoperdix griseogularis
Ammoperdix heyi

Ammoperdix is a small genus in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes. It contains two similar species:

The See-see Partridge occurs in southwest Asia, and the Sand Partridge in Egypt and the Middle East. Both are resident breeders in dry, open country, often in hill areas.

Both partridges in this genus are 22-25 cm long, rotund birds. They are mainly sandy brown, with wavy white and brown stripes on their flanks. The males have distinctively-patterned grey heads, but the females are very washed-out in comparison, and this lack of a distinctive head pattern makes it more difficult to distinguish their species.

When disturbed, Ammoperdix partridges prefer to run rather than take to the air, but if necessary they will fly a short distance on rounded wings.


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