Unlike the smaller and more plain English Partridge, our colourful birds are all French Partridges. The French Partridge is sometimes called a Red-Legged Partridge (The English is also called a Grey Partridge).
They are members of the Pheasant family and are quite common in England because they have been bred and released for hunting. The species originate in Southern Europe.
They live in small flocks and prefer to run rather than fly when startled. They lay their speckled brown eggs on the ground, so we have to be careful not to tread on any while cleaning the back room.
They are seed eaters, but they often enjoy the green leaves and fruit put out for the other birds.