Swainson’s spurfowl, Swainson’s francolin..

Swainson’s spurfowl (Pternistis swainsonii).


Distinguished from other spurfowl by the combination of red face, red throat, black upper bill and black legs. Male and female have similar plumage but the male can be distinguished by having long leg spurs.

  • Nest are a scrape in the ground, lined with grass and leaves, and hidden among vegetation. 
  • Egg-laying season is year-round, peaking from February to May.
  • After laying 3-12 eggs, the female incubates them for 21-24 days before they hatch.
  • Chicks are able to fly short distances after 10-14 days and are near adults size after 3 months.


and here’s some photos….

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