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  Red-necked Spurfowl

    (Red-necked Francolin)

 

Ptemistis afer

(198) 36 cm; 617 g

SEXES  Alike, F > M. Most likely to be confused with Swainson’s Spurfowl, both having bare red skin on throat and around eyes, but easily identified by bright pinkish-red legs and feet. Races extremely variable in plumage, southern race castaneiventer darkest.

JUV  Duller and browner plumage; bill brownish yellow.

STATUS  Uncommon to locally common resident, occurring in pairs or small coveys of up to 6 birds.

HABITAT  Mostly on edges of evergreen forests, riparian thickets and thornveld margins.

FOOD  Primarily tubers, bulbs, roots, fruits and green shoots supplemented by insects in summer.

CALL  Harsh krr krr krr korWA, korWA, korWA.

BR  Monogamous. 4-7 eggs laid in well-concealed shallow scrape.

ALT NAME  Red-necked Francolin.

 

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Srn001

Kunene River Lodge, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Srn002

Kunene River Lodge, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Srn003

Kunene River Lodge, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Srn004

Kunene River Lodge, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Srn005

Kunene River Lodge, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

 

 

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