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Chukar
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 338] (2581)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-06-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D610, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM+1.4xTC
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-09-05 5:49
Viewed: 82
Points: 6
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Chukar / חוגלת סלעים / Alectoris chukar

Wiki:

The chukar partridge(Alectoris chukar), or simply chukar, is a Eurasian upland gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae. It has been considered to form a superspecies complex along with the rock partridge, Philby's partridge and Przevalski's partridge and treated in the past as conspecific particularly with the first. This partridge has well marked black and white bars on the flanks and a black band running from the forehead across the eye and running down the head to form a necklace that encloses a white throat. The species has been introduced into many other places and feral populations have established themselves in parts of North America and New Zealand. This bird can be found in parts of Middle East and South Asia.

This partridge has its native range in Asia, including, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, along the inner ranges of the Western Himalayas to Nepal. Further west in southeastern Europe it is replaced by the red-legged partridge, Alectoris rufa. It barely ranges into Africa on the Sinai Peninsula. The habitat in the native range is rocky open hillsides with grass or scattered scrub or cultivation. In Israel and Jordan it is found at low altitudes, starting at 400 m (1,300 ft) below sea level in the Dead Sea area, whereas in the more eastern areas it is mainly found at an altitude of 2,000 to 4,000 m (6,600 to 13,100 ft) except in Pakistan, where it occurs at 600 m (2,000 ft).[2][7] They are not found in areas of high humidity or rainfall.[8]

It has been introduced widely as a game bird, and feral populations have become established in the United States (Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, high desert areas of California), Canada, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Hawaii.[9] Initial introductions into the US were from the nominate populations collected from Afghanistan and Nepal.[10] It has also been introduced to New South Wales in Australia but breeding populations have not persisted and are probably extinct.[11] A small population exists on Robben Island in South Africa since it was introduced there in 1964.[12]

The chukar readily interbreeds with the red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa), and the practice of breeding and releasing captive-bred hybrids has been banned in various countries including the United Kingdom, as it is a threat to wild populations.[13]

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6480 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2019-09-05 11:39]

Hi Alan,very good capture of this couple,the sharpness is very good despite the distance,natural scenery too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alan,
Quite well captured, even in such unfriendly location. Details are well visible and like catching light on bird eye. Showing its natural habitat,
Thanks for sharing
Regards and have a nice weekend,
Srikumar

A useful note and so cute busy body couples... we wish them a nice work and achievement.... this is a natural image of wild life well done ALAN KOLNIK

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