Status Least concern
Size 26-30cm long
Gestation 18-19 days
Young 8-15 eggs
Not a lot is known about their diet in the wild, but it is thought that the Madagascan partridge feeds on berries, roots and insects.
As their name suggests, the Madagascan partridge is from the island of Madagascar.
They are found in forests, brush, grasslands and also some areas of farmland.
These birds are able to breed from 1 year old, and the breeding season is from March to June. They will build a nest on the ground, hidden in tall grass or bushes. The female will have between 8-15 eggs, and it is only the female that will sit on the eggs until they hatch.
Not much is known about the predators of Madagascan partridges but it is likely that birds of prey such as the Madagascan harrier and fossa are possible threats.
The Madagascan partridge is threatened by habitat loss, due to farmland encroachment, and hunting.
Despite this, the Madagascan partridge is not a threatened species, and is classed as ‘least concern’. It can be found widely across its range, including protected areas and national parks.
Male and female Madagascan partridge look very different. The females are a dull brown colour whereas the males are slightly larger with striking patterns on their head and chest area.
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