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Gray Partridge Perdix perdix

Introduced from Eurasia. Fairly common in Kittitas County in shrub-steppe, rangeland, and agricultural fields with shrubby cover nearby for nesting. Center of abundance Kittitas Valley, but also ranges to edges of ponderosa pine zone. Secretive and especially difficult to detect during nesting season, hence BBA records somewhat hit-or-miss and do not capture full distribution. They do suggest, however, that breeding range extends to Columbia River—considerably farther east than modeled in Washington Gap report (Smith et al. 1997).

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