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Title of the project

Spanish map of genetic purity of red-legged partridge and introgression of chukar partridge genotypes in Spain


Knowing that there is some hybridization between the red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa) and the Chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar), the aim of the study is to establish the Spanish map of genetic purity of red-legged partridge and to map the characterization and ecotypes of the species.
The project aims to check the health of populations as well as raise awareness of the problem of uncontrolled release of specimens and genetic health.

Awareness campaigns of hunters about the project of establishing the map of genetic purity.
Collecting data and biological sample followed by genetic analysis and geo-referencing results (tongue for DNA extraction and feces for sanitary study).
There were also sex and age identification as well as morphological measurements.

In his last season (date of reporting case study: Feb 2013), it has merged with another project aiming to establish more accurate mating periods, especially depending on the altitude of the terrain and features.

Hunters primarily collaborate by picking up samples during hunting activities and/or by sending them directly. Depending on the sample, qualified staff is necessary to follow a specific protocol.


The knowledge of the actual situation of the populations of red-legged partridge in Spain, at the genetic level and health. Knowledge of the condition of genotypes of chukar partridge in wild populations of partridges. It has also added the phenological map that aims to determine the variability of dates of heat, and start breeding habitat function and altitude.


Country Spain
Level National

Starting date


Habitat Types

Farmland, Forest/Woodland, Scrub/Grassland

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Regional protected area, National protected area


Species Caracteristics Huntable species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa)Chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar)

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners The project is carried out by the Real Federacion EspaƱola de Caza through its foundation FEDENCA (http://www.fecaza.com/fedenca.html#.V6CmPtJ96Uk)
Other partners Royal Spanish Hunters Federation (https://huntforever.org/tag/royal-spanish-hunters-federation/)FEDENCA and Red-legged Partridge Fedenca-Genetic Laboratories ConsortiumCollaboration with some regions of the Biodiversity Foundation and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

The average cost per season is over 50,000 euros

Estimation of Human Resources needed

Personnel: veterinary doctor, administrative staff, technicians, managers and collaborating laboratories of the consortium Red-legged partridge Consortium FEDENCA-genetic laboratories.Among an average of 20 people per season, although in testing labs is the proper personnel each. Also must add voluntary participation in sending samples, difficult to quantify, although among all projects more than 300 volunteers.


Proyectos FedencaSpanish map of genetic purity of red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa) and introgression of chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar) genotypes in SpainFEDENCA - Real Federacion Espanola de caza (RFEC)2011