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Sunday, January 11, 2015

What's a Chukar?

What in the world is this bird doing in Michigan? - question via Facebook
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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.