THE RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGES.
The sole representative of the Red-legged Partridges in India is allied to the English bird, C. rufa, but differs chiefly in having the chest or upper breast unmarked.
In these Partridges the sexes are similar in plumage, but the males are rather larger than the females. The male is furnished with one blunt spur on each leg. The tail is rounded and composed of 14 feathers. The sides of the body are beautifully banded with a combination of grey, black, buff and chestnut; the plumage is characterised by an absence of bars and streaks ; and the first ten quills of the wing are partially buff on the outer web.
The Chukor or Indian Red-legged Partridge is replaced, in a considerable part of Europe by a close ally, C. saxatilis, which differs principally in having the ear-coverts black mixed with buff, instead of having them wholly chestnut as in the Indian bird.