(Alectoris chukar)

The handsome Chukar is a game bird introduced into North America in the 1930’s and is now regularly found in the wild locally in several western states in steep dry rocky habitats at higher elevations. In the east it is released as  a game bird for hunters, and birds seen there are almost certainly escapees. The bird shown here was in view for only a few seconds and the photos taken hurriedly at distance through the closed window of a vehicle.

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