Alectoris chukar


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Alectoris chukar
Species Authority: (Gray, 1830)
Common Name(s):
English Chukar, Chukar Partridge, Chuckar
French Perdrix chukar

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Afghanistan; Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; Bulgaria; China; Cyprus; Egypt; Georgia; Greece; India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mongolia; Nepal; Oman; Pakistan; Palestinian Territory, Occupied; Russian Federation; Saudi Arabia; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; Uzbekistan
Bahrain; Canada; France; Germany; Italy; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; New Zealand; Norway; Portugal; Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha; South Africa; Spain; United States (Georgia - Native, Hawaiian Is.)
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Population [top]

Population: Rich et al. (2004) have estimated the global population to number c.2,000,000 individuals, while in Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number c.660,000-1,900,000 breeding pairs, equating to c.1,980,000-5,700,000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 5-24% of the global range, so a revised estimate of the global population size is c.2,000,000-10,000,000 individuals, although further validation of this estimate is needed. The population in China has been estimated at c.10,000-100,000 breeding pairs (Brazil 2009).
For further information about this species, see 22678691_alectoris_chukar.pdf.
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Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Alectoris chukar. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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