- 13.4–15 in
- 19.4–23.8 oz
- Perdrix choukar (French)
- Perdriz chukar (Spanish)
- The Chukar varies slightly in color across its native range in Eurasia. In more humid areas they are darker and more tinged with olive-brown on the upperparts and are more warmly colored on the underparts, whereas birds in more arid areas tend to be grayer and paler, less brown on the upperparts and paler on the underparts.
- The Chukar takes advantage of all water sources, from rivers and creeks, to springs and nearly stagnant seeps that hardly moisten the ground. They have been found getting water in mine shafts over 3 m (10 feet) below ground level, and sometimes they have been observed well back in mine tunnels where only faint light revealed the water.
Rocky hillsides, mountain slopes with grassy vegetation, open and flat desert with sparse grasses and barren plateaus.
- Clutch Size
- 10–21 eggs
- Condition at Hatching
- Open-eyed and covered in down, able to leave the nest and feed itself.
Continues to be introduced in some areas.
- Christensen, G.C. 1996. Chukar (Alectoris chukar). In The Birds of North America, No. 258 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.