Nonnatives - Chukar

Chukar - Alectoris chukar

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1930's

Extirpated year: Unknown

Established status: Species were formerly present in Florida, but are no longer present.

Estimated Florida range:  2 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: No current population

Threats to natives:  Unknown

Species Account: This Eurasian species was introduced successfully to several parts of the western United States as a game bird. Several attempts to introduce this bird in Florida have failed. It is still common to release captive bred chukars for sport shooting but habitat and climate is unsuitable and they don't survive in this area (Christensen 1996). In its native habitat the chukar lives or rocky hillsides, open desert with sparse grasses, and barren plateaus (American Ornithologists' Union 1983).

Habitats: Agricultural habitat

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Duval 2001   Not reported breeding Unconfirmed ID from dead bird reporting
Pasco 1996   Not reported breeding Pranty 1997d


American Ornithologists' Union. 1983. Check-list of North American Birds. 7th edition. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington D. C.

Christensen, G. C. 1996. Chukar (Alectoris chukar). In Birds of North America, No. 258 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.) The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithological Union, Washington D. C.

Pranty, B. 1997d. Field Observations [SUMMER REPORT: JUNE-JULY 1996] Florida Field Naturalist 25 (1):26-31, 1997.

Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992. Florida bird species: an annotated list. Florida Ornithological Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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