Chukar at Westgate Park (Fisherman's Bend, Melbourne)

To: "Dr Richard Nowotny" <>, <>
Subject: Chukar at Westgate Park (Fisherman's Bend, Melbourne)
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 10:50:13 +1100
Hi Richard

Your bird may simply have decided it was time for it to be eaten:

"The Indian chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar chukar) is the most suitable
species of partridge for commercial production. There is a steady demand for
them from the restaurant trade in Melbourne, but they have an unstable
fertility rate and susceptibility to temperature change which makes them
difficult to produce."

However it seems no more imports are allowed:

But it has not gone through the formal permit process, which is fairly new:

And there was a colony on Flinders Island in 1995.... (Birding-Aus archive)

Michael Norris
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