A black Page in the French partridge's history: the melanistic variety of Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa

@article{Grouw2018ABP,
  title={A black Page in the French partridge's history: the melanistic variety of Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa},
  author={Hein van Grouw and Ludovic Besson and Beno{\^i}t Mellier},
  journal={Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club},
  year={2018},
  volume={138},
  pages={360 - 377}
}
Summary. The melanistic variety of Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa was described from a small population in western France around the 1850s. In this region, the Red-legged Partridge population as a whole was hunted, but melanistic individuals were targeted for both private and museum bird collections, and by 1865 the variety was extinct in western France. An extensive search for extant specimens documented 13 melanistic birds in six museums, and their details are presented here… 
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