Chukar (Alectoris chukar) and gray partridge (Perdix perdix) are popular game birds through much of the western U.S.; both are native to Eurasia and introduced to North America (Figs. 1 and 2). Chukars were introduced into the U.S. in 1893 (Christensen 1996) and gray partridge may have been introduced as early as the late 1700s in New Jersey (Carroll 1993). Partridge are important game birds in many western states, with established populations across vast areas of public and private lands. Because these species can thrive in human-altered landscapes, threats to their habitat are not as signicant when compared to native upland game birds (e.g., greater sage-grouse [Centrocercus urophasianus], Columbian sharp-tailed grouse [Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus], Gambel’s quail [Callipepla gambelii], and mountain quail [Oreortyx pictus]).
Suggested Citation: Knetter, J.M., D.A. Budeau, and S.P. Espinosa. 2017. Western States Chukar and Gray Partridge Management Guidelines. Western States Partridge Working Group, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA. 32 pp.
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