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Birds

Chukar Patridge (Alectoris chukar)

Description

The Chukar is a fairly plump member of the Partridge family. It is around 33 centimetres in length, with a wingspan of approximately 50 centimetres. It is mostly grey, but has a yellow-white breast with brown stripes, a white chin and neck with a black stripe running around the neck and through the eye. It also has brown tipped tail feathers.In the non-breeding season, Chukar Partridge are usually in groups of up to 50 birds.

Habitat

Found usually on sunny, dry hill slopes and shrublands with streams above the main tree line. Can be found in altitudes ranging from sea level up to 2,000 metres.

Diet

The Chukar eats seeds that it finds on the ground. However, if seeds are proving hard to find, it will also occasionally eat insects.

Protection Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Interesting Facts

In North Indian and Pakistani culture as well as Indian mythology, the Chukar symbolises intensite and often required love.

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