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Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Low
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,360,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals U not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Decreasing Suspected -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.9 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified. In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 7,500-20,000 breeding pairs, equating to 22,500-60,000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004), but Europe forms <5% of the global range.
Trend justification: The species is declining owing to over-hunting and, locally, habitat loss caused by agricultural intensification (del Hoyo et al. 1994).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Algeria Native Extant       Yes
Chad Native Extant       Yes
Egypt Native Extant       Yes
Gibraltar (to UK) Native Extant       Yes
Italy Native Extant       Yes
Libya Native Extant       Yes
Mauritania Native Extant       Yes
Morocco Native Extant       Yes
Portugal Introduced Extinct Yes      
Spain Native Extant       Yes
Tunisia Native Extant       Yes
Western Sahara Native Extant Yes      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Algeria Belezma site factsheet
Gibraltar (to UK) Rock of Gibraltar site factsheet
Italy Altopiano di Abbasanta site factsheet
Italy Altopiano di Campeda site factsheet
Italy Asinara island, Piana island and Stintino peninsula site factsheet
Italy Cagliari wetlands site factsheet
Italy Campo d'Ozieri site factsheet
Italy Cape Caccia and Conte port site factsheet
Italy Central Campidano site factsheet
Italy Cuglieri coast site factsheet
Italy Mount Sette Fratelli and Sarrabus site factsheet
Italy Orosei Gulf, Supramonte and Gennargentu site factsheet
Italy San Pietro and Sant'Antioco islands site factsheet
Italy Sinis and Oristano wetlands site factsheet
Libya Geziret al Elba - Ayn al Ghazalah Bay site factsheet
Libya Ghat oases site factsheet
Libya Jabal al Akhdar site factsheet
Libya Karabolli site factsheet
Libya Nefhusa site factsheet
Morocco Aguelmane de Sidi Ali Ta'nzoult site factsheet
Morocco Barrage Mohamed V site factsheet
Morocco Canton Forestier de Sidi Bou Ghaba site factsheet
Morocco Dwiyate site factsheet
Morocco Jbel Zerhoun site factsheet
Morocco Msseyed site factsheet
Morocco Oued Matil: Ksob site factsheet
Morocco Parc National de Souss-Massa and Aglou site factsheet
Morocco Parc National de Tazekka site factsheet
Morocco Parc National de Toubkal site factsheet
Morocco Parc National du Haut Atlas Oriental site factsheet
Morocco Parc Naturel d'Ifrane site factsheet
Morocco Parc Naturel de Talassemtane site factsheet
Morocco Region Fouchal - Matarka site factsheet
Morocco Tarhazoute site factsheet
Spain Arico pine woodland site factsheet
Spain Centinela mountain and La Esquina plain site factsheet
Spain El Médano coast site factsheet
Spain El Mojón site factsheet
Spain El Roque coastal cliffs site factsheet
Spain Famara crag site factsheet
Spain Famara sandy plain site factsheet
Spain Garajonay National Park site factsheet
Spain Gully of Ajuí-Betancuria site factsheet
Spain Haría-Tabayesco site factsheet
Spain Lajares sandy plain-Cotillo-Ezquinzo site factsheet
Spain Lanzarote islets site factsheet
Spain Mountain of Agua, gully of Los Cochinos and gully of Cuevas Negras site factsheet
Spain Plains of La Corona-Las Honduras site factsheet
Spain Rasca lava fields-Guaza mountain-Las Mesas plain site factsheet
Spain Tenegüime gully site factsheet
Tunisia Boughrara site factsheet
Tunisia Bouhedma site factsheet
Tunisia Chaâmbi site factsheet
Tunisia Djebel el Haouaria site factsheet
Tunisia El Feidja site factsheet
Tunisia El Houareb reservoir site factsheet
Tunisia Gafsa site factsheet
Tunisia Gourine site factsheet
Tunisia Ichkeul site factsheet
Tunisia Kairouan plains site factsheet
Tunisia Kerkennah islands site factsheet
Tunisia Metbassta site factsheet
Tunisia Sebkhet en Noual site factsheet
Tunisia Sebkhet Kelbia site factsheet
Tunisia Sebkhet Sidi Mansour site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land Suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations Suitable resident
Forest Temperate Suitable resident
Shrubland Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation Suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 3300 m Occasional altitudinal limits  


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Food (human) Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent
Sport Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Sport hunting/specimen collecting - - - Subsistence, National
Food - human - - - Subsistence, National
Pets/display animals, horticulture - - - International

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Alectoris barbara. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Phasianidae (Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse)
Species name author (Reichenow, 1896)
Population size U mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,360,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- 2015 European Red List assessment