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A game bird of the Phasianidae family, that includes pheasant and quail. There are two species found in Britain - the grey partridge (perdix perdix), with a mottled brown back, grey speckled breast, and patches of chestnut on the sides; but now, more often, the larger French (red-legged) partridge (alectoris rufa), distinguished by its red legs, bill and eyelids; the back of this bird is plain brown, the throat white edged with black, and the sides barred chestnut and black. The grey partridge (as in photograph) is considered to be far superior in culinary terms.
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