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Swierstra's Francolin - BirdForum Opus

Pternistis swierstrai


33 cm. Black-and-white with broad, black breast-band on white with black spotted underparts. Upperparts at closer range very dark brown. Female has similar underparts to male, but shows paler, more rusty back, mantle and upperwings.


Angola. May be extinct.


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


Moist montanes.


The diet includes grass and legume seeds and insects picked from the leaf-litter.


  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. Avibase

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