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Sand Partridge

Ammoperdix heyi


Found at Neolithic WF16

The Sand Partridge inhabits arid and rocky slopes, usually within wadis and not far from a water source. The birds will often form small flocks and congregate at these water sources at dawn.

As with the Chukar Partridge, it is a resident in Wadi Faynan and can usually be found in the various wadis of the region. Also, like the Chukar, the Sand Partridge is regularly hunted in Jordan with the imposed bag limits often being heavily exceeded. Bedouin tribes used to forage for partridge eggs when shepherding their goats, but this practice has died out with the introduction of easily accessible chicken eggs to the region.

A bone from the torso of a Sand Partridge found at WF16

Image credit: ‘Sand Partridge’ by מינוזיג via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.