A native of southern Eurasia, the Chukar was introduced into the United States from Pakistan to be a game bird. It lives in arid, rocky terrain across the western United States and southern Canada.
The Chukar takes advantage of all water sources, from rivers and creeks, to springs and nearly stagnant seeps that hardly moisten the ground. They have been found getting water in mine shafts over 10 feet below ground level, and sometimes they have been observed well back in mine tunnels where only faint light revealed the water.
In all probability, this bird, very friendly I might add, was brought to the area for the purpose of being hunted eventually by a rod and gun club not far away from where it was spotted.
Photographed in Hartwood, New York, USA