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Yellow-necked Francolin - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Yellow-necked Spurfowl

Pternistis leucoscepus
Photo by Juninho
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, February 2006

Identification

33–36 cm (13-14¼ in)

  • Orange-red bare eye-skin
  • Bare yellow throat patch
  • Brown upperparts and tail streaked white
  • Brown underparts with heavy white streaking
  • Brownish-black legs

Males larger and have two spurs

Similar Species

The only francolin with bare yellow throat skin.

Distribution

Eastern Africa: southeaster South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, northeastern Uganda and north central Tanzania.

Taxonomy

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

Habitat

A variety of natural and man-made habitats including grassland, semi-arid scrubby savanna and bushland.

Behaviour

Terrestrial.

Diet

Their diet consists of sedge tubers, seeds and insects.

References

  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
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2016)
  4. Vulkaner.no

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