|Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar)|
|Rough distributions of species in the genus Alectoris|
Alectoris, is a genus of partridges with representatives in southern Europe, north Africa and Arabia, and across Asia in Pakistan to Tibet and western China. Members of the genus, notably the Chukar and Red-legged Partridge, have been introduced to the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Hawaii. In some countries, such as Great Britain, hybrids between the two widespread introduced species are common.
These are rotund birds, typically with a light brown or grey back, grey breast and buff belly. The face is white or whitish with a dark gorget. They have has rufous-streaked flanks and red legs. When disturbed, they prefer to run rather than fly, but if necessary will fly a short distance on rounded wings.
Species in taxonomic order
- Arabian Partridge, Alectoris melanocephala
- Przevalski's Partridge, Alectoris magna
- Rock Partridge, Alectoris graeca
- Chukar Partridge, Alectoris chukar
- Philby's Partridge, Alectoris philbyi
- Barbary Partridge, Alectoris barbara
- Red-legged Partridge, Alectoris rufa
- Madge, Steve; McGowan, Philip J. K. & Kirwan, Guy M. (2002): Pheasants, partridges and grouse : a guide to the pheasants, partridges, quails, grouse, guineafowl, buttonquails and sandgrouse of the world. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0-7136-3966-0
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