A genus of birds of the grouse family, including a number of widely different species of game birs, and distributed more or less in all the continents. In color the common partridge is ash-gray with markings of brown and black . They body is round and stout, and measures about twelve inches in length. Its wings and tail are short, the bill is heavy, and the tarsi and toes are naked.
B. P. Holst The Teachers' and Pupils' Cyclopaedia (Kansas City: The Bufton Book Company, 1909)