Documentation of I think it's a chukar

Observer Information

Reporter:  Lexi Cole  1525 Perry st,   Fort Collins, CO  80204
Other Observers:  n/a

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  I think it's a chukar
First Date/Time:  9/4/2023 5:00:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  9/4/2023 5:05:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  few minutes
County:  Denver
Specific Location:  Sloan's Lake
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Breeding


In front of house in busy neighborhood, on front lawn amongst shrubs/trees/shade

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  eyes
Distance:  20 ft
Light:  daylight/sunny

Description of the Bird

Black eyestripe connected to black chinstrap, barred plumage, looked like small chicken, mostly gray wings/color.

Similar Species Discussion

I have never seen this bird before so I was surprised. I thought it might have been a downy woodpecker but knew it wasn't because the eye stripe connects to the chin strap. It also appeared larger and I had observed this bird on the ground (seeming to be grazing), not in a tree. I also thought maybe a Hairy woodpecker, but decided no for the same reasons.

Previous Experience

I have taken an ornithology class at CSU but don't have much experience outside of that. I knew I had never seen this bird in the area and thought it was strange. I couldn't find any records of the chukar near sloan's lake. I am not even sure it's a chukar I just don't know what else it would be. 


Notes made DURING observation

Materials Available

Photographer: Lexi Cole

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Date Documentation Submitted

9/4/2023 11:48:00 PM
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