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This is a partridge I noticed this morning in the road on the way to work. I might be a weirdo and gawk at roadkill but couldn't very much while driving. So I hitched up the dog and we took a walk in the dark to recover the carcass. I thought it had been struck by a car as I almost hit one in that same area last week but no.

It's headless and otherwise perfectly intact (a little feather wear or plucked from the back).

I didn't know the birds have little comb-like scales on its feet. Pretty neat.

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Sounds like a mink. A mink broke into Mom's chicken coop once and ate only the heads off a couple birds. Another time a mink got into a rabbit cage and ate the head off a rabbit. She has a serious mink problem.
 

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I drove over a ruffed grouse several years back. It was decapitated, because it’s head was up as the undercarriage of the truck, and literally tore off its head. I ate it for dinner.

a predator would imho drag it off a ways. It think it was a vehicular decapitation, based on my experience and knowledge of grouse, and the height of their heads, vs. a vehicle.

the feet are “feathered” as a deep snow walking aid. Think snowshoes.
 

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A Fox will eat a bird, bones and all. A bobcat will try and save a little for later and cover it like it was in a litter box. We have red tailed hawks that will take the head.
 

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In my experience with chickens, raccoons will take just the head, while hawks carry the whole thing off. I've seen them tear pigeons apart, eating the body and leaving the head.

I agree with farmerDale above-- if you found it in the road, it was probably road kill and not predation. A scavenger would eat the body, not the head.
 

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Most likely just hit by a vehicle. Anything that might of killed it, would be likely to have carried it off and eaten it.
 

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Most likely just hit by a vehicle. Anything that might of killed it, would be likely to have carried it off and eaten it.
Agreed, I don't think I would have left that without a fight if I had killed it. There was no blood at all in the road though. A mystery but I was sorry to see it dead no matter how it happened.
 

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I found a couple of headless doves close by my house after the snow cleared in Feb. Thought that fairly odd.
 
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