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Handsome Francolin - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Michael Hooper
Ruhija National Park, Uganda, October 2018
Pternistis nobilis

Identification

33–35 cm (13-13¾ in)

  • Dark red brown plumage
  • Grey head
  • Red bill and legs
  • Brown iris
  • Bare red orbital skin
  • Rufous grey underparts

Sexes are similar (female is a little smaller than male)
Young birds have duller plumage

Distribution

Africa
Western Africa: eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: south-western Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in genus Francolinus.

Two subspecies, chapini and ruandae are generally considered invalid[2].

Habitat

Occurs from lower montane forest, through areas of bamboo to alpine heath.

Behaviour

The diet consists mainly of seeds.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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