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Jul. 12th, 2007 | 12:58 pm

I had been standing near the garden admiring the flowers when I heard a strange clucking noise. From the corner of my eye, I caught a movement on the ground heading toward me fast. The crazy bird ran up to me as if I were its long lost best friend. As soon as it got to me, it began nonchalantly foraging at my feet. It was completely unafraid of me and followed me where ever I went.





Knowing that it would be easy prey for our hunting cats, we tried to drive it way. When that didn't work, we tried to lead it away and ditch it. We once got about thirty yards away before it realized we were gone. It spotted us and then ran as fast as it could to catch up.



We eventually gave up deciding that we'd let nature take its course. Some poking around online revealed that it was a Chucker Bird. An upland game species from East Asia introduced to this continent for sport. Where this particular individual came from is as much of a mystery as why it was so tame.

Later that afternoon, we found feathers and sign of a struggle. We never did, though, find a body.

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from: that_dang_otter
date: Jul. 12th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
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An upland game species from East Asia introduced to this continent for sport.

Heh. That's kinda funny. I bet if you put out a cooking pot it would run up and jump right in!

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from: barbarian_rat
date: Jul. 12th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Nice lookin bird. It probably escaped from someone nearby who kept it as a pet.

I once had a hawk try to land on my chest when I lived in Santa Cruz. I called the local wildlife rescue folks. They siad a lot of people try to keep raptors and this one got loose, but didn't know how to hunt, it only knew the people where the source of food. So it came to me.

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from: broduke2000
date: Jul. 13th, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
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Boy, I think you blew it. You had a tame bird that may have been someone's beloved pet, and/or you might have made a mint teaching the poor thing tricks.

There's this longhaired dude in Hollywood. He has a pet monkey. The monkey's been in a dozen movies in the past 2 years, and he nets an average of $150,000 per movie.

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from: beastbriskett
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
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Too bad such a pretty bird came to such an ignoble end. He seemed very tame.

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from: anonymous
date: Mar. 31st, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Just came across your post from last summer. We live in Western NJ, and a neighbor saw one of these birds in his back yard, posted a few pictures on a local forum and asked if anyone could identify the bird. He did mention that the bird seemed quite tame, that he got within a few feet of it and gave it some chicken feed without it becoming terribly upset at his close proximity. The forum received a reply from a woman who used to live in Ohio, who said she saw one of these in her yard in eastern Ohio. Just out of curiosity, what part of the country are you from? I'm wondering if these birds are becoming more common in the NE part of the country, or if they're all over. Thanks much!

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from: twobraids
date: Mar. 31st, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
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We're in Western Oregon - so we cannot testify as to its ubiquity in the northeast. We've not seen another one since last Summer.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 7th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Well you really did miss your chance, at a wonderful meal. My guess is that this bird was an escapee from a hunt or a farm that raises them. Chucker are a very tasty bird the meat is sweet tasting. I find then to taste better than Pheasant. Not sure anyone would want one as a pet. Good luck teaching one to do tricks.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 7th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Just to add an additional note. Chukars are desert birds. Most do not make it through the winter months.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 19th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I have a chucker in my yard in Montebello Quebec. It is a funny, yet beautiful, bird that likes to hang out on my deck and just look around.

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from: anonymous
date: May. 16th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
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We live in Northern California where we keep a small menagerie incuuding two bunnies, three gunea pigs, two dogs and a bunch of chickens. Our neighbor, whose husband is a bird hunter, called my wife and daughter over one day. When the arrived, they found a chucker that had been in her husband's car for 5 days with no food or water. Turns out her husband's friends thought it would be funny to toss a chucker in his car after their last hunt. My daughter picked up the bird and said "Mama, this bird doesn't smell right." Long story short, the bird had been shot twice, had a chest puncture from a dog, and had a broken wing. My wife took it to the vet who amputated the wing and filled it with antibiotics. Now six months later we have a beautiful, thriving though flightless chucker that looks exactly like your did. He lives in a very nice chicken house and our alpha hen has adopted it as a younger sister. A month ago it started laying eggs. I would love to find a male chucker (tame or otherwise) as at least a temporary mate. If anyone knows where I can get one, please let me know. Thanks,
paulrholland@yahoo.com

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from: anonymous
date: May. 24th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
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We live in Southeastern Washington (Richland) and have seen several of these in our yard. Kind of startled us at first, as they have very vivid colors like you see in the video. As soon as I mentioned them to people at work, they knew right away that they were Chuckers.

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 12th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
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We've lived out here in Pahrump, NV for 10 years.
This is the first year we have seen these birds.
We have a small flock hanging around the property out here.
They do seem to thrive in this 115f heat though..

Nice but VERY timid flock.
Not tame in the least.

As for taste,.... I'm not that hungry thanks..

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 15th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
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You would be surprised, they taste great. I bagged a few last year and WOW, they were great. One nice thing about them is they are about the size of a game hen and very easy to clean...insanely easy to clean.

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from: anonymous
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
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I found this site while I was trying to figure out what it was when I showed up at my friends house.
http://www.tlsgamebirdfarm.com/about_us
They show a picture of it as something they sell.

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from: anonymous
date: Jun. 5th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
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We havea Chucker Bird in our driveway. He's been there for about 2 weeks now. I've never seen one before, but I have now! I just hope that it's fate is not the same as yours! Thanks for the info!

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 9th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
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We had the same thing happen to us , it started to rain and we went out to the car and i turned around and this bird ( chucker) was standing 2 feet behind me like saying, wassup dude !! you going to invite me in out of the rain . I could walk up to it and did , we ended up grabbing it so that my girls could take a look at it and check it out , it seemed to be tamed and very use to people so we took it in for the night till the rain ended and i went and grabbed it to let it go and we did . was cool , normally we would hunt these birds but it didnt seem cool to do that with a bird that just wants to hang out , very cool looking birds

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from: anonymous
date: Aug. 18th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
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Do the chucker's cause any problems in your yard or around your home? About a year ago, 2 chuckers showed up from somehwere in our condo development. We now have flocks of them that will not leave! They live on the roof tops of our homes. Apparently they do survive the winters in North Dakota. Does anyone know of any problems they might cause?

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