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The Kia ora coo-ee : the magazine for the ANZACS in the Middle East, 1918


"Tibbin": Wandering along the banks of the Wady Kelt recently, I saw hundreds of partridges, and found scores of their nests. The chukar partridge is one of the commonest birds in Palestine, I reckon, being particularly abundant in the hilly country. It is easily recognised by its bright red beak and legs, and barred plumage on the flanks. It's call is clear and ringing, and very pleasant to hear. I wasn't out on a bird-nesting stunt or I might have collected a haversackful of eggs along the Wady. There is another kind of partridge, with orange-colored bill and legs, and delicate plumage, mottled on the back, and with purplish and rich brown stripes on the flanks. You find it in the wadys about the Dead Sea; but it is not so abundant as the chukar, which is my favourite of the two. I saw many of the latter birds standing on rocks, like sentinels; but whenever I approached one, it left its perch and scurried to cover. The chukar can iggery, all right.