Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

See-see Partridge (Ammoperdix griseogularis)


French: Perdrix si-si German: Persisches Wüstenhuhn Spanish: Perdiz gorjigrís

Perdix griseogularis

J. F. Brandt

, 1843,



Three geographical races described, termeuleni (SW Iran), bucharensis (Uzbekistan) and peraticus (NW Afghanistan), but all are generally considered representative more of individual than of geographical variation; birds in E of range on average greyer and females more coarsely vermiculated#R. Treated as monotypic.


Extreme SE Turkey, NE Syria#R, S Armenia#Rand Iraq N to SW Kazakhstan, and E to SE Uzbekistan, W Tajikistan and Pakistan.

Introduced unsuccessfully to USA.

Descriptive notes

22–25 cm; male 187–238 g, female 182–205 g; wingspan 40–42 cm. Male slightly larger than female and has orange rather than dull yellowish bill; irides... read more


In advertisment, male gives far-carrying and repeated “wheet-div” or “hoe-it... read more


Dry and stony foothills that are lightly vegetated or bare; occasionally on plateaux up to c. 2000... read more

Food and feeding

Predominantly shoots and leaves, seeds and berries; also some insects. The herb Trigonella occulta, and flies, ants and beetles... read more


Apparently monogamous. Laying mid Apr to Jul in former USSR; Mar–Jul in Pakistan; eggs laid from mid Apr in SE Turkey and from mid... read more


Usually sedentary, not normally moving higher in summer; recorded descending to flat plains at base... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: insufficient information. No direct information available; occurs at low densities but is widespread, and parts of range... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). See-see Partridge (Ammoperdix griseogularis). 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 6 December 2019).