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Chukars flourish in overgrazed rangelands in the west.  The source of all of their tissue proteins, like major muscle mass, is from dietary protein and amino acids.  As herbivores, their main source of food is annual and perennial grasses and forbs which are non-grass herbs usually found in prairies.  Some other sources of nutrition include seeds of weeds, wild fruits, leaves, and bulbs which they are able to dig up with their bills.  Since these birds live in drier environments, they need to have an adequate water resource available at all times, especially during the summer months.


Chukar Eating by Terry Gray from Moscow, Idaho

When raised on a farm or by other forms of breeders, a chukar's  diet is somewhat different.  It mainly consists of yellow corn, soybean meal, wheatbran, limestone, fat and salt.