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  Red-billed Spurfowl

    (Red-billed Francolin)

 

Ptemistis adspersus

(194) 37 cm; 435 g

SEXES  Alike, M > F. Combination of yellow eye-ring and red bill, legs and feet makes it fairly easy to identify; M has longer leg spurs than F.

JUV  Lighter brown and lacks yellow skin around eyes.

STATUS  Common near-endemic occurring in pairs or small groups, often feeding in the open and becoming quite tame.

HABITAT  Dry savanna woodland, usually along watercourses.

FOOD  Varied diet of bulbs, corms, tubers, fruit and seeds; frequently found scratching through herbivore dung in search of undigested seeds and associated inverteb­rates.

CALL  Loud, harsh chaa-chaa-chek-chek (similar to Cape and Natal spurfowls).

BR  Monogamous. Usually lays 6-7 eggs in sparsely lined nest placed among tufts of grass or beneath shrub.

ALT NAME  Red-billed Francolin.

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Black Pools, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

       

 

 

 

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