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Ptilopachus petrosus
Photo by Steve G
Photo taken: Makasutu, The Gambia.

Identification

Chocolate brown above, pale cream-grey spotting. The head, neck and chest are paler brown and have broad cream edging to the feathers that gives the bird a scaled appearance. Lower chest and belly are orange-cream; in females, very pale cream. Both sexes raise their crown feathers to form a rudimentary crest but the feathers of females are somewhat longer and hence more obvious when raised.

Distribution

Central Africa.

Taxonomy

Habitat

These small game-birds live in coveys favouring well-wooded areas -especially remnant forest where they scratch a living from the dim forest floor.

Behaviour

Eggs are pale pink cream.

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