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Red-billed Francolin - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Red-billed Spurfowl

Photo by Rafiki
Moremi, Botswana July, 2017
Pternistis adspersus


Male 38 cm (15 in); female 33 cm (13 in)

  • Yellow eyering which is very noticeable

Similar Species

Similar to Natal Francolin.


Endemic to Namibia, Botswana and the extreme south of Angola.

An introduced population rarely observed on leeward Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park seems to have died out in recent years.


Photo by Jon Turner
Maun, Botswana, October 2015

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


They are usually found in arid savanna, floodplains and mixed woodland.



Their diet consists of green vegetation, berries, seeds and bulbs; also termites, beetles and grasshoppers etc.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)

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