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30â€“35 cm (11Â¾-13Â¾ in)
Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, western Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania (excluding western regions), Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, southern Angola, northern Namibia northern and eastern Botswana and north-eastern South Africa.
Formerly placed in the genus Francolinus.
Francolinus sephaena has five subspecies:
Thicket, woodland and densely wooded savanna. Favours areas with sparse ground cover.
Their main diet consists of insects (particularly termites) and their larvae, sedge bulbs and seeds.
These are highly vocal birds which can be heard at intervals throughout the day as well as on bright moonlit nights.
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