'Well this is an interesting and odd bird,' says avian expert
CBC News · Posted: Jul 11, 2019 1:43 PM MT | Last Updated: July 11
An unusual bird photographed by a southwest Calgary resident this week is a rare chukar, according to an avian expert.
"Well this is an interesting and odd bird," Birds of Alberta author Chris Fisher said in an email, after reviewing the images.
Chukars are a type of partridge. They have stripes on their sides and a black band of feathers that runs over their faces and around their eyes, giving them a distinct look in a city known for its magpies.
Native to Eurasia, chukars have been introduced to North America and have succeeded in setting up sustainable populations in the western United States and some parts of British Columbia, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
It's uncommon to see them in Calgary, although this is not the first time one has been spotted here. Another was photographed in the city in 2016.