- Alectoris chukar
- Light brown back
- Grey breast
- Buff belly
- White face
- Black gorget
- Rufous-streaked flanks
- Red legs
 Similar Species
It is browner on the back and has more of a yellowish tinge to the foreneck than Rock Partridge. Red-legged Partridge lacks the gorget.
Native to Asia from Pakistan, India and Afghanistan in the east to south-eastern Europe in the west.
There have been widespread introductions which have become established in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Hawaii.
In Great Britain, hybrids between this species and the also introduced Red-legged Partridge are common.
Fluctuations in population is mainly due to the weather during the breeding season.
There are 14 subspecies:
- A. c. cypriotes: South-eastern Bulgaria to southern Syria, Crete, Rhodes, and Cyprus
- A. c. sinaica: North Syrian Desert south to Sinai Peninsula
- A. c. kurdestanica: Caucasus Mountains to Iran
- A. c. werae: Eastern Iraq and south-western Iran
- A. c. koroviakovi: Eastern Iran to Pakistan
- A. c. subpallida: Tajikistan (Kyzl Kum and Kara Kum mountains)
- A. c. falki: North-central Afghanistan to Pamirs and western China (western Xinjiang)
- A. c. dzungarica: North-western Mongolia to Russian Altai and eastern Tibet
- A. c. pallescens: North-eastern Afghanistan to Ladakh and western Tibet
- A. c. pallida: North-western China (Tarim basin of western Xinjiang)
- A. c. fallax: North-western China (eastern and southern Tien Shan Mountains of Xinjiang)
- A. c. chukar: Eastern Afghanistan to eastern Nepal
- A. c. pubescens: Inner Mongolia to north-western Sichuan and eastern Qinghai
- A. c. potanini: Western Mongolia
This is a resident breeder in dry, open, and often hilly country.
When disturbed, it prefers to run rather than fly, but if necessary it flies a short distance on rounded wings.
The clutch of 8-20 eggs is laid in a ground scrape with minimal lining.
They eat a variety of seeds and some insects. Drooping Brome (Cheatgrass) is their favourite food.
The song is a noisy chuck-chuck-chukar-chukar.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
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