Sightings of the partridge and other birds can be recorded at Dabasdati.lv.
"Very little is known about the gray partridge. It is habitual for the species to hide, so its presence is not always recorded," said ornithologist Ainārs Auniņš.
The habitat of the gray partridge is fields and meadows (not pear trees, as suggested in a carol). The bird has been chosen this year to encourage more environmentally friendly agriculture practices, as its population is thought to decline due to chemicals used in agriculture.
? Lai mudinātu sabiedrību aizdomāties par videi draudzīgu saimniekošanu laukos, @LOB_lv par 2⃣0⃣2⃣1⃣. gada putnu izvēlējusies lauku putnu sugu – laukirbi (Perdix perdix) https://t.co/vzefLsaQqj #GadaPutns #putniLatvijā #AIFLatvija— Latvijas Ornitoloģijas biedrība (@LOB_lv) January 4, 2021
The campaign "Bird of the year" was launched in 1996 and has been active ever since.