1974. Alectoris graeca pallescens

(1974) Alectoris graeca pallescens (Hume).
THE NORTHERN CHUKAR.
Alectoris graeca pallescens, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v. p. 404.
The Northern Chukar ranges from the Pamirs, Gilgit and the extreme North of Kashmir to Ladak, Eastern Turkestan and Yarkand.
The breeding habits of this race call for no special remark. Ward took several nests in Ladak and Northern Kashmir, and Osmaston obtained one also, of which he writes (Journ, Bomb. Nat. Hist, Soc. vol. xxxii, p, 145, 1927):—“This Chukar takes the place of the common Chukar in the drier portions of Ladahk proper and is found from elevations of 9000' to 14,000', more especially in the neighbour¬hood of cultivation.
“A nest concealed at the base of a dwarf berberis-bush near Khardong Pass at 13,000' on the Shyok side of the Pass in Ladahk was discovered on July the 22nd. It contained 12 nearly fresh eggs indistinguishable from those of the common chukar.”
The earliest eggs I have seen have been dated 3.5.05 (Ward) and the latest 22. 7. 25 (Osmaston).
The full clutch varies from eight to fourteen, and the eggs are, of course, indistinguishable from those of other Chukars.
Thirty-six eggs average 43.6 x 31.7 mm. : maxima 45.8 x 31.1 and 45.1 x 33.1 mm. ; minima 41.2 x 31.2 and 43.5 x 30.1 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1974. Alectoris graeca pallescens
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1974
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
255
Common name: 
Norrn Chukar
M_ID: 
1146
M_SN: 
Alectoris chukar pallescens
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
15158

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