CHUKOR - Pakistan's National Bird
Pakistan's national bird, Chukar partridge has middle size like 32-35cm range. The Chukar partridge cannot fly in a long distance. It is mostly related and similar to its western equivalent; the round shape Red-legged Partridge is considered as the national bird of Pakistan.
Facts about Pakistan's national bird • Common Name: Chakor • Scientific name: Alectoris chukar • Kingdom: Animalia • Phylum: Chordata • Class: Aves • Order: Galliformes • Family: Phasiianidae • Genus: Alectoris • Species: A. Chukar • Found in: Pakistan to Afganistan • Habitat: prefer rocky, steep & open hillsides • Average Length: 34–38 cm; • Average Weight: Male 538–765 g; female 367-538g • Average Lifespan: 2-5 years in wild • Average Speed: 20 km/h.
The Chukar lives in dry country, so water is an important resource. It takes advantage of all types of water sources: rivers, ponds, springs, even seeps that barely moisten the ground. During the hot summer months, they seek out water, sometimes finding their way into mineshafts 10 feet below ground level just for a little drink.
Chukars bathe with dust on an almost daily basis to keep their feathers in tiptop shape. They make shallow depressions in the ground and toss and scratch dust over their bodies
It has light brown back and gray breast and buff belly. Its face is white with a black gorget. It has rufous-streaked flanks and red legs. If it faces any threat, it prefers to run rather than fly, but if necessary it flies a short distance on rounded wings. For hunters, Chakor is a very challenging bird because of its surgical upward flights and sudden disappearances in the bushes.
Chukar partridges are mainly takes a wide range of seeds and insects to eat. They prefer to live with a group of 5-40 members called coveys. It nests in a scantily lined ground scrape laying 8 to 20 eggs. When in captivity, they will lay 1 egg per day throughout the breeding season if the eggs are collected daily.
The Chukar is used to national symbol of Pakistan. In North Indian and Pakistani culture, as well as in Indian mythology, the chukar sometimes symbolizes intense, and often unrequited, love. It is said to be in love with the moon and to gaze at it constantly. Because of their pugnacious behaviour during the breeding season they are kept in some areas as fighting birds. In short, Chukar partridge have a huge reason to be the National bird symbol of Pakistan.