Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Philby's Partridge (Alectoris philbyi)


French: Perdrix de Philby German: Philbysteinhuhn Spanish: Perdiz gorjinegra

Alectoris philbyi


, 1934,

Taif, Hejaz, south-west Arabia


Closely related to A. graeca, A. chukar and A. magna#R, and all four have been considered conspecific. Monotypic.


SW Arabia from Jeddah S to NW Yemen.

Descriptive notes

33–36 cm; one bird 441 g. Black chin, cheeks and throat differentiate present species from all other members of genus, including A. melanocephala which is... read more


Recalls that of A. chukar, the main territorial call being a rhythmic and repeated “... read more


Arid rocky areas in montane regions; from 1280 m to 2950 m in Saudi Arabia and 2300 m to 3600 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Believed to be similar to A. melanocephala, but very few data; the stomach of one bird contained a cricket. Generally recorded in... read more


Pairs recorded Mar–Aug, during which period territorial calling peaks; nests with eggs in second week of Jun and first week of Jul;... read more


No information available, but presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Locally common in Saudi Arabia and scarce in Yemen; overall population estimated at c. 25,000 pairs and is... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Philby's Partridge (Alectoris philbyi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 12 December 2019).