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- noun UK, birdwatching the
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The eggs are, of course, easily distinguishable, those of the common partridge being of a greenish drab colour, while those of the red-leg are of a dull, cream colour, covered with small brown spots.
I once shot on the moor three brown and one red-leg, out of the same covey, all young birds.
I have been informed by another authority that the eggs of the red-leg have also been found in the nest of an outlying pheasant.
But whereas the sand grouse were immediately shot as curiosities, the red-leg, being a bird (as every shooter knows) given to running, knew how to take care of himself, and, like many another unwelcome intruder, he _came to stay_.
A party of us were out shooting, and a red-leg was shot.
When they are near enough, the Rabbit exclaims: "Jump up and catch a red-leg! jump up and catch a red-leg!"
There was not a soul in sight, not a 'red-leg' to be seen anywhere, when I heard the tramp, tramp of heavy footsteps, and then a voice shouted something that I could not understand and all the muskets came to the ground together with a great crash.