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  Crested Francolin

 

Dendroperdix sephaena

(189) 33 cm; 350 g

SEXES  Similar, M > F. Unmistakable bantam-like build and broad white eye-stripe make it easy to identify. Has habit of holding its tail cocked. Plumage on back of F lightly barred. Race rovuma, which occurs north of Beira, more heavily streaked below and occupies moister woodland habitats.

JUV  Resembles ad but paler above.

STATUS  Common resident, found in coveys of 2-5 birds in non-br season.

HABITAT  Essentially a bird of the bushveld prefer­ring dense stands of scrub and thicket, often with sparse ground cover.

FOOD  Primarily corms, bulbs, green shoots, fruit and berries in non-br season but changing to an insect-dominated diet in summer.

CALL  Well-synchronised duet between M and -F: ki kerrik, ki kerrik... or pump handle, pump handle..., which sounds as though only one bird is calling.

BR  Monogamous. Clutch usually 5-6 eggs laid in grass-lined scrape, incubated by F only.

 

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Frc001

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Frc002

Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Frc003

Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Frc004

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

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