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Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
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Chukar (Alectoris chukar)

General Description: Chukar (Alectoris chukar) are gray-brown ground birds (pheasants) that would rather run than fly. Chukar have a white face outlined in black and several vertical, black-and-white bars on the sides. The bill and eyering are red.

Taxonomy: Galliformes, Phasianidae, Phasianinae

Favored Habitat: Desert scrub, brushy areas.

Chukar (Alectoris chukar)

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, Chukar are fairly easy to hear and see at a distance (ask hunters!) in mountainous areas at middle and lower elevations, but they are hard to see up close. However, they become habituated to humans and are fairly easy to see in picnic areas at Red Rock Canyon NCA. Check the Willow Springs and Calico Basin picnic areas for this species.

Comments: Chukar are old-world pheasants widely introduced throughout the western deserts for hunting.

Chukar (Alectoris chukar) If you were a tasty bug or a big seed, this might be the last face you'd ever see!
Chukar (Alectoris chukar) Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Striking facial pattern on adult Chukar
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Stately pose
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Chukar on sandstone at Red Rock Canyon NCA
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Heading for the hills
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Chukar working the picnic tables at Willow Springs
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
In this lighting, the birds blend into the background
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Chukar on sandstone at Willow Springs
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Blending into the grasses and twigs
Chukar (Alectoris chukar) Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Chukar (Alectoris chukar) Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
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Huge pile of Chukar scat
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Huge pile of Chukar scat
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Huge pile of Chukar scat
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Chukar scat
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Chukar scat
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Chukar scat
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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