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The Chukar partridge is native to the mountainous areas of the Middle East and Asia from eastern Greece through Asia Minor east to Manchuria China. Like the Ring-necked Pheasant, they have been introduced widely in Michigan as a game bird, and feral populations have become established across the United States.
The most common call is a low chuck, chuck, chuck used by both sexes that changes gradually to a chukar chukar and can be heard from long distances, hence the name chukar. They are opportunistic and forage on vegetation, including grass seeds, green grass and some shrub fruits.