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Chukar Partridge

Alectoris chukar
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern
Asia, has been introduced to other parts of the world
Rocky open hillsides with grass or scattered scrub or cultivation

The chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar), or simply chukar, is a Eurasian upland gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae. This partridge has well marked black and white bars on the flanks and a black band running from the forehead across the eye and running down the head to form a necklace that encloses a white throat.

In the non-breeding season, chukar partridge are found in small coveys of 10 or more (up to 50) birds. In summer, chukars form pairs to breed. 

They call frequently during the day and especially in the mornings and evenings. The call is loud and includes loud repeated "Chuck" notes and sometimes duetting "Chuker" notes.

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