Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Chukar (Alectoris chukar) - HBW 2, p. 485

French: Perdrix choukar German: Chukarhuhn Spanish: Perdiz Chucar
Other common names: Chukar/Chukor Partridge, Chukor

Taxonomy: Perdix Chukar J. E. Gray, 1830, India = Srinagar.
Previously placed in superspecies with A. philbyi, A. barbara and A. rufa, but now proposed to form superspecies with A. magna, A. graeca and A. philbyi. Has been included within A. graeca. A. kakelik is a synonym. Populations of Bulgaria and Crete have been separated in races kleini and scotti respectively, but usually included in cypriotes; other proposed races are: caucasica, included in kurdestanica; shestoperovi, laptevi and dementievi, included in koroviakovi; and o.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Perdix Chukar J. E. Gray, 1830, India = Srinagar.
Previously placed in superspecies with A. philbyi, A. barbara and A. rufa, but now proposed to form superspecies with A. magna, A. graeca and A. philbyi. Has been included within A. graeca. A. kakelik is a synonym. Populations of Bulgaria and Crete have been separated in races kleini and scotti respectively, but usually included in cypriotes; other proposed races are: caucasica, included in kurdestanica; shestoperovi, laptevi and dementievi, included in koroviakovi; and obscurata, included in dzungarica. Fourteen subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cypriotes Hartert, 1917 - SE Bulgaria E through Asia Minor to S Syria; S Aegean Is, Crete, Rhodes and Cyprus.
  • sinaica (Bonaparte, 1858) - N Syrian Desert S to Sinai Peninsula.
  • kurdestanica Meinertzhagen, 1923 - Caucasus S to Iran.

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  • cypriotes Hartert, 1917 - SE Bulgaria E through Asia Minor to S Syria; S Aegean Is, Crete, Rhodes and Cyprus.
  • sinaica (Bonaparte, 1858) - N Syrian Desert S to Sinai Peninsula.
  • kurdestanica Meinertzhagen, 1923 - Caucasus S to Iran.
  • werae (Zarudny & Loudon, 1904) - E Iraq and SW Iran.
  • koroviakovi (Zarudny, 1914) - E Iran E to Pakistan.
  • subpallida (Zarudny, 1914) - Tadjikistan.
  • falki Hartert, 1917 - Kazakhstan S to NC Afghanistan and E to NW China (W Xinjiang).
  • dzungarica Sushkin, 1927 - NW Mongolia, Altai Mts and E Tibet.
  • pallescens (Hume, 1873) - NE Afghanistan E through NW India to W Tibet.
  • pallida (Hume, 1873) - NW China (W & S Xinjiang).
  • fallax Sushkin, 1927 - NW China, in Tien Shan Mts of NW Xinjiang.
  • chukar (J. E. Gray, 1830) - E Afghanistan E to Nepal.
  • pubescens (Swinhoe, 1871) - China, from W Qinghai and W Sichuan NE through Inner Mongolia to Liaoning.
  • potanini Sushkin, 1927 - W Mongolia.