(Alectoris chukar)


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The Chukar was introduced to the dry interior of southern British Columbia in the early 1950s (Campbell et al. 1990). Its population is restricted in range and monitoring is difficult, but the few data from Christmas Bird Count suggest that the population has undergone a large decrease since the early 1970s.


Listing of the main designations for the species
DesignationStatusDateSubspecies, population
IUCN (Global)Least Concern2012 
Wild Species (Canada)Exotic2010 

Population status

Geographic areaStatusReliability
CanadaLarge DecreaseLow

Population estimate

Canada< 500 adults

Distribution maps


Migration strategy, occurrence


Responsibility for conservation of world population

CanadaNot available

Conservation and management

The Chukar was introduced widely in North America for hunting. Populations can vary widely from year to year depending on environmental factors (Beason 1995), especially weather patterns during the breeding season.


Bird conservation region strategies

Environment and Climate Change Canada and partners have developed Bird Conservation Region Strategies in each of Canada’s Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs). In these strategies, selected species are identified as priorities for one or more of the following reasons:

  • conservation concerns (i.e., species vulnerable due to population size, distribution, population trend, abundance, or threats)
  • stewardship responsibilities (i.e., species that typify the regional avifauna or have a large proportion of their range or population in the sub-region)
  • management concerns (i.e., species that require ongoing management because of their socio-economic importance as game species, or because of their impacts on other species or habitats)
  • other concerns (i.e., species deemed a priority by regional experts for other reasons than those listed above or because they are listed as species at risk or concern at the provincial level)

Select any of the sub-regions below to view the BCR strategy for additional details.

BCRs, marine biogeographic units, and sub-regions in which the species is listed as a priority
RegionSub-region and priority type