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National Bird of Pakistan Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Chakor (Alectoris chukar) is a Eurasian upland game bird in the pheasant family Phasianidae. Its native habitat ranges in Asia from Pakistan to Afghanistan. It is closely related and similar to its western equivalent, the Red-legged Partridge. The Chakor is a rotund 32-35 cm long bird, with a light brown back, grey breast, and buff belly. The face is white with a black gorget. It has rufous-streaked flanks and red legs. When disturbed, it prefers to run rather than fly, but if necessary it flies a short distance on rounded wings. Chakors prefer rocky, steep, and open hillsides. The Chakor is a resident breeder in dry, open, and often hilly country. In the wild, Chakors travel in groups of 5-40 birds called coveys. It nests in a scantily lined ground scrape laying 8 to 20 eggs. Chakors will take a wide variety of seeds and some insects as food. When in captivity, they will lay 1 egg per day throughout the breeding season if the eggs are collected daily. For hunters, Chakor is a very challenging bird because of its surgical upward flights and sudden disappearances in the bushes.

Chakur (Partridge) - National Bird of Pakistan

Chakor  – National Bird of Pakistan

Pakistan, due to its diverse weather and varied land is home to some of the rare and exclusive birds in the world. Its wetlands and lakes attract millions of migratory birds from across the globe, especially Siberia each year, which besides its own native birds in their natural habitat in the jungles and mountains; provide an excellent opportunity to the bird watchers around the world. A lot of bird sanctuaries have been set up by the government that allows the native and migratory birds to flourish. The hunters are only allowed to hunt with a permit or a license during the hunting season.

 

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About the Author:Nauman

I was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to the United States in 2004. I love writing about the Urdu language highlighting the peculiarities about the cultural, traditions, social events, places and personalities in Pakistan.


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