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Chukar in NJ backyard

I snapped a photo of a bird in my backyard yesterday that I had never seen before. After an extensive search on e-Nature's site, I was able to put a name to this strange (to me) bird. It was a chukar. Now my question is, how does a bird that is a resident of British Columbia, Alberta, CA and CO wind up in central New Jersey.

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

Actually, chukars are natives of Asia, but have been stocked extensively in the U.S. Your bird was probably released at a nearby shooting reserve or game park and escaped. It is not unusual to see chukars anywhere in the U.S.

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