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Moorland Francolin

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Photo © by Mike BarthEthiopia, September 2016
Photo © by Mike Barth
Ethiopia, September 2016
Scleroptila psilolaema


[edit] Identification

32–35 cm (12½-13¾ in)

  • Brownish upperparts
  • Buff throat with fine spots
  • Light buff stripes on head
  • Buff underparts
  • Black spots over upper breast
  • Chestnut spots on belly
  • Barred flanks
  • Reddish wings
  • Black bars at tips of primaries

[edit] Distribution

Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in genus Francolinus.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • S. p. psilolaema:
  • Montane moorlands of central and southern Ethiopia
  • S. p. elgonensis:

[edit] Habitat

They live on montane moorlands with heather and grass, generally above 2400 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

There is little information. They forage in damp grassy areas, around pools and are thought to eat bulbs and roots.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Birds of the Horn of Africa
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)

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