The chukar partridge or chukar (Alectoris chukar) is a Eurasian upland gamebird in thepheasant family. The chukar presents great challenges to the upland hunter. Thechukar partridge is a gamebird that loves remote, rugged mountainous terrain. Thechukar is able to sprint quickly, characteristically retreats uphill, has superioreyesight, and is particularly vigilant and cautious. The chukar’s natural abilities and characteristics are what make it a challenge for the hunter to approach withinshooting range of the gamebird.
The chukar’s original range encompassed much of the Middle East such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and the former U.S.S.R. and parts of Greece, Spain, China, Nepal and India. This beautiful gamebird has been a favored target of upland hunting enthusiasts for centuries, and is so beloved, upland hunters went to great trouble to transplant this bird from its Eurasian homeland to places as far away as New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the United States.
The Chukar was introduced in the United States in the 1930s and 40s. After years of trial and efforts, chukar populations were established in Western and some Southern states in the 60s and 70s. The chukar is now an important part of the American hunting scene.