Chukars are the national bird of Iraq and Pakistan, but one is now calling the Parkland Clayton Park home
Richard Woodbury · CBC News · Posted: Jan 19, 2019 6:00 AM AT | Last Updated: January 19
A bird that's a long way from home is being welcomed with open arms by residents at a Halifax retirement complex.
Last summer, a chukar appeared outside the Parkland Clayton Park and has remained there ever since. The red-billed partridge has since been named Clayton, a nod to the Clayton Park neighbourhood where the retirement facility is located.
Chukars are the national birds of Iraq and Pakistan, and are native to the Middle East and southern Asia. According to the National Audubon Society, and have thrived in some arid regions in the western U.S.
"We have no idea how he got here, but you know, he seems to be faring well so far and he's certainly being well fed and well looked after," said Jennifer Shannon, the general manager at Parkland Clayton Park.
Clayton can generally be found somewhere in the courtyard, which is enveloped by the retirement buildings.