– Size: 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 lbs
– Newborn chukars can fly short distances just a few weeks after birth.
– A group of chukars is called a “covey.”
Where to Find Them
Chukars prefer desolate terrain, congregating around cliffs, shale slides and canyon slopes. If you’re near water, cover and food all at once, chances are you’re near some chukars.
Chukars love company, relying on their numbers to increase awareness of potential intruders. If you’ve scattered a covey, chances are they’ll try and regroup in a relatively short time. Listen for their distinctive “chuka-chuka” call as they start to locate one another and regroup.
Chukars tend to run uphill and fly downhill, although this won’t always be the case. Whenever possible, try to approach them from above to improve your chances of sighting onto this elusive bird.
Don’t get caught off guard by the confusion of a covey rise. Although this bird is fast and evasive, you’ll always do well by concentrating your aim on one bird and just ahead of your target.