(1974) Alectoris graeca pallescens
THE NORTHERN CHUKAR.
Caccabis pallescens Hume, Lahore to Yar., p. 283 (1873) (Karbu in Ladak). Caccabis chucar. Blanf. & Oates, iv. p. 131 (part.).
Vernacular names, Chukar (Hind.); Keklik (Turki.). Description. Differs from either of the two preceding birds in its generally much paler coloration.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 158 to 172 mm.
Distribution. The Pamirs, Gilgit and extreme North of Kashmir, Leh, Ladak, Eastern Turkestan aud Yarkand.
Nidification. Osmaston and Ward both took eggs of this subspecies in Ladak in the last fortnight of July. The eggs, 12 and 10 respectively, were laid in depressions in the ground lined with a little grass and screened from view by Berberis-bushes. The twenty-two eggs average 44.4 x 31.7 mm.: maxima 45.8 x 31.1 and 45.1 X 33.1 mm.; minima 43.0 X 31.0 and 43.5 x 30.1 mm. Osmaston's nest was taken at an elevation of about 14,500 feet.
Scully took eggs in Eastern Turkestan as low as 6,000 ft. and again at 12,000 ft. The eggs are, beyond being so large, indistinguishable from those of the other races.
Habits. Those of the species. Scully found it common near Willow-bushes and streams in Eastern Turkestan and this pre¬dilection for streams seems to be a trait of all three races, though at the same time they are often found far away from water.