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Shelley's Francolin - BirdForum Opus

Scleroptila shelleyi
Photo by nkgray
Photo taken: Muntshe, southern Kruger Park.


Length 28-31 cm. The throat is white with a black edge. The breast and flanks have chestnut stripes, and the belly is barred black and white. In flight, differs from the similar Red-winged Francolin in that only the primaries are reddish.


Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland.


Francolinus shelleyi has two subspecies:[1]

  • S. s. shelleyi
  • S. s. whytei

Formerly placed in genus Francolinus.


Grassland with scattered acacia, savanna and open woodland - usually rocky areas.


It is a shy bird. The diet includes insects, small molluscs, seeds, bulbs and roots.


A repeated til-it, til-leoo or I'll-drink yer-beer, generally only heard in early morning.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Sibley, CG and BL Monroe. 1996. Birds of the World, on diskette, Windows version 2.0. Charles G. Sibley, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
  4. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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