Alectoris Kaup, Naturl. Syst., p. 180 (1829).
Type, Tetrao petrosus Gmelin.
In Alectoris the sexes are alike. They are Partridges moderate size, with red legs and almost uniform upper plumage but have the flanks conspicuously barred with black and chestnut. The tail is of fourteen feathers, rounded and equal in length to about two-thirds the length of the wing; the latter is short and rounded, the first primary equal to the fifth or sixth and the third longest; the tarsus is long and well developed and the male has a small spur. The genus is represented throughout Europe, Northern Africa and all West and Central Asia.