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.
- Pheasants, Partridges and Grouse by Madge and McGowan, ISBN 0-7136-3966-0
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