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Alectoris chukar


Small round bird. Short neck and tail. Grayish brown back and chest. Buffy belly. Bold black and chestnut barring on flanks. Black line through eye, down neck and onto chest. Throat white. Bill and legs red. Short, rounded wings. Juvenile similar to adult, but dull brownish gray with faint brown barring.


Rock outcroppings, cheat grass terraces and steep rim-rock canyon


Colorado is hardly known for its population of the elusive Alectoris chukar, a game bird native to Eurasia and introduced to Colorado in 1937. Inhabiting some of the harshest mountain desert terrain from Baja California to northern Idaho, the reclusive game birds are widely dispersed and notoriously difficult to hunt.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

Lovely photo! I've never heard of this bird before. Wonderful notes too!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

As much time as I have spent in Colorado, I have never spotted this one. Great photo and summary, Emily!

LauraMaria 5 years ago

What a gorgeous photo! Interesting invasive species, and well done on snapping such a shy bird :D

Desmond.E.S.O 5 years ago

Cool, I saw one of those high up in a tree, in Claremont, California! Strange!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 5 years ago

very nice....

EmilyMarino 5 years ago

They really are pretty little birds!

EmilyMarino 5 years ago

Thanks Ashley! When we went to the Western Slope last week I was focused on Gambel's Quail. I know these are an introduced specie but I had hoped to see one some day. We saw about 16 this day and it was totally unexpected!

AshleyT 5 years ago

Beautiful photo!

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Palisade, Colorado, United States

Spotted on May 12, 2015
Submitted on May 17, 2015

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