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


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  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezabout 4 years ago

    aaah. it feel like a symbol of peace…. gorgeous and meaningful l photograph, Pamela

  • He was so very friendly! Thanks Isa!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • cieloverde
    cieloverdeabout 4 years ago

    Lovely bird !

  • Thanks so very much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Awesome close up. I have an aunt who raised these for the purpose you mention.

  • Hmmm…thanks much my friend!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonabout 4 years ago

    What a lovely bird…have never seen one! Great image and wonderful information!

  • He was beautiful, first for me also!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • nicolaMY
    nicolaMYabout 4 years ago

    lovely litte, she is so beautiful

  • Thanks much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, what a neat bird

  • Kept coming up to me, hard to photograph when he wanted to be so close!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Brendan Schoon
    Brendan Schoonabout 4 years ago

    Great capture, very well done.

  • Thank you much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 4 years ago
    Gosh Pamela i’ve never heard of this beautiful looking Bird, what a great shot,
  • Thanks much Malcolm, he was darling!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliabout 4 years ago

    GORGEOUS bird and FAB Shot, Pamela!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful bird. It looks like a member of the pheasant family. Beautifully captured Pamela

  • A member of the partridge family actually. Thanks Chris!

    – Pamela Phelps

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