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Chukar - Alectoris chukar

Chukar Alectoris chukar

Identification Tips:

  • Length: 10 inches
  • Sexes similar
  • Stocky, ground-dwelling quail with short, rounded wings
  • Short, thick, red bill
  • Red eye ring
  • Black band above bill, through the eye and across upper neck
  • Buff face and throat enclosed by black necklace
  • Blue-gray crown, nape, breast and back, with a brownish suffusion on the back
  • White belly
  • Black bars on pale flanks
  • Rufous outer tail feathers visible in flight
  • Red legs and feet
  • Immatures similar to adults

Similar species:

Gray Partridge has a rusty face without a black necklace, a duller bill and reddish bars on the flanks.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

Above information used courtesy of United States Geological Survey.

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