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Chukar

Alectoris chukar ORDER: GALLIFORMES FAMILY: PHASIANIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A native of southern Eurasia, the Chukar was introduced to North America as a game bird. A handsome little cinnamon and gray partridge with striking stripes along its sides and a bright red bill and feet, the Chukar is a distinctive game bird. Since the 1940s this species has established itself in the Great Basin and southern Canada, where it lives in arid, rocky terrain. It has also been introduced to Hawaii.

Calls

Chukars are vocal birds and have a handful of calls used for social contact, aggressive or sexual behavior, or in alarm. Their most common call is used to locate other individuals, and gives them their name, starting off as a low intensity chuck, chuck, chuck, increasing in volume and intensity to a chukar-chukar-chukar, and finally a 3-syllable chuckara-chuckara-chuckara.

Search the Macaulay Library online archive for more sounds and videos

Find This Bird

Once in a while Chukars venture into neighborhoods, but usually you have to take a trip to the wild shrublands to find this bird. Their colors blend into their habitat, but look for their striking red bills and striped sides as they run along the ground, and listen for their wide array of calls and sounds.

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