Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) - HBW 2, p. 486

French: Perdrix rouge German: Rothuhn Spanish: Perdiz Roja

Taxonomy: Tetrao rufus Linneaus, 1758, southern Europe = north Italy.
Previously placed in superspecies with A. chukar, A. philbyi and A. barbara; now considered to be more distant from the reconstituted superspecies of A. magna, A. graeca, A. chukar and A. philbyi. Population of Corsica has been separated in race corsa, but usually included in rufa; race australis described from Gran Canaria (Canary Is), where species is introduced. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rufa (Linnaeus, 1758) - France, NW Italy, Elba and Corsica.
  • hispanica (Seoane, 1894) - N & W Iberian Peninsula.
  • intercedens (A. E. Brehm, 1857) - E & S Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Is.