Chukar Alectoris chukar
Chukar, Kato Zacro, Crete, October 2002 - click for larger image Kato Zacro, Greece
October 2002

The Chukar is found in south-east Europe and into central Asia.

They inhabit drier areas including bare stony hillsides as well as areas with low bushes and arable fields.

It is very similar to the Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca but is browner on the back, has a deeper white supercilium, a larger brown streak behind the eye and no black along the base of the upper mandible. There is also only a very small area where the two species occur together and, while the Chukar is found on Crete but not on mainland Greece, the reverse is the case for the Rock Partridge.
It eats mainly seeds of grasses and weeds.
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