Birds by Name – P

Partridge

Red-Legged Partridge

The Red-Legged Partridge, Alectoris rufa, is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae.

Red-legged Partridge

It is quite plump and rounded with a light brown back, grey breast and buff belly. The face is white with a black collar around the neck and the legs are, as the name might suggest, red.

The Red-Legged Partridge breeds naturally in south western Europe, France and Iberia but has become naturalised in parts of England and Wales after being initially introduced as a game species.

Red Legged Partridge

It mainly eats seeds although the young will also often eat insects.

Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Perdicinae
Genus: Alectoris
Species: A. rufa

Roulroul Partridge

Roulroul Partridge

Roulroul Partridge

Piapiac

The Piapiac, Ptilostomus afer, is a member of the crow family and is just a bit smaller than the Magpie. It is found in the tropical equatorial region of central Africa from Senegal to Sudan and southern Ethiopia.

Piapiac

The Piapac is often found in agricultural areas and feeds on insects, invertebrates and general carrion.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Ptilostomus
Species: P. afer

Pheasant

Edward’s Pheasant

Edward's Pheasant

Edward's Pheasant

Great Argus

Great-Argus-male-Aug28th-1

Great Argus

Great Argus

Pigeon

Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar Pigeon

Pied Imperial Pigeon

Imperial Pied Pigeon

Western Crowned Pigeon

Western Crowned Pigeon

Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Plain-backed Pipit

The Plain-backed Pipit, also known as the Plain Pipit, Anthus leucophrys, is a medium-sized passerine bird, although big for a Pipit, which is a resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

Plain-backed Pipit

The Plain-backed Pipit likes open habitats, especially short grassland and cultivated areas. It builds its nest on the ground and usually lays three eggs.

Plain-backed Pipit

The Plain-backed Pipit is a large pipit at 17 centimetres in length and is streaked grey-brown above and pale below with light breast streaking.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Anthus
Species: A. leucophrys

Plantain-eater

Western Grey Plantain-eater

Plantain-eater

Plantain-eater

Plantain-eater

Plover

Little Ringed Plover

The Little Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius, is a small plover found throughout Europe and Asia and has a grey-brown back and wings, white belly, a white breast with a black band at the neck, a brown cap, white forehead, black mask around the eyes and with a bit of white above the short dark bill. The eyes themselves are very distinctive with a yellow ring around them.

Little Ringed Plover

The legs of the Little Ringed Plover are a sort of pinky, flesh colour and the toes are webbed.

Little Ringed Plover

They are usually found near freshwater where they hunt for insects and worms. They are migratory and spend the winter in Africa.

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Charadrius
Species: C. dubius

Ringed Plover

The Common Ringed Plover or Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula, is a small plover, very similar to the Little Ringed Plover, with a grey-brown back and wings, white belly, white breast with one black band at the neck, a brown cap, white forehead, black mask around the eyes but with a short orange and black bill.

Ringed Plover, Nerja

The legs are orange (pinkish on the Little Ringed Plover) and unlike with the Little Ringed Plover there is no yellow ring around the eyes.

The Ringed Plover is migratory and can be found near freshwater, often in the vicinity of beaches. It feeds on crustaceans, insects and worms.

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Charadrius
Species: C. hiaticula

Puffin

The Puffin, Fratercula arctica, is an auk in the Alcidae family and is quite distinctive with its multi-coloured beak.

Puffin

It has a black back, white underparts, black head with pale cheeks and a sort of flattened, brightly-coloured bill. It also has red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. The beak does become duller at the end of the breeding season as the Puffin sheds the outer part.

The Puffin spends most of the time at sea and they are primarily diving birds.

Puffin

They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, making their nests in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil.

They eat fish.

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Alcidae
Genus: Fratercula
Species: F. arctica