Ammoperdix

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Galliformes
Familia: Phasianidae
Subfamilia: Perdicinae
Genus: Ammoperdix
Species: A. griseogularis - A. heyi

Name

Ammoperdix Gould, 1851

Reference

The birds of Asia. &c. 7 pt3 pl.1,text

Vernacular names
Internationalization
Deutsch: Wüstenhühner

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

* See-see Partridge, Ammoperdix griseogularis
* Sand Partridge, Ammoperdix heya

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.

References

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

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