THE GREY PARTRIDGES.
The Grey Partridges are probably very closely allied to the Francolins, and as pre¬viously remarked Mr. Ogilvie Grant places them all in one genus. It seems to me, however, that the Indian Grey Partridges possess certain characteristics of coloration which render it desirable that they should be kept separate from the Francolins.
In the Grey Partridges the sexes are alike in coloration, but the males are much larger than the females. The tail is short and rounded and composed of fourteen feathers. The male has one or sometimes two spurs on each leg; the female rarely one.
These Partridges may be recognised by the first ten quills of the wing being plain or unmarked, except that in one species the outer web of some of the inner quills, say the seventh to the tenth, has some small and insignificant mottlings at the base ; by the tail being more or less rufous or chestnut; and by the upper plumage being cross-barred.