A bird of the fields and cultivated lands, chiefly a ground bird which flies only when it must, with rapid, whirring wing-beats and short glides; a bird favoured by sportsmen and strictly preserved in many parts of Britain.
It nests usually in thick cover such as a hedgerow or beneath a bush, and lays a large clutch of eggs - from ten to twenty. During the winter partridges live in small flocks and these are called "coveys". By February 1st. most of these parties are split up into pairs and rarely is a covey seen after that date until the following autumn.