Kenya Birds

Red-necked Spurfowl


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Red-necked Spurfowl

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Francolinus afer

Other Names

  English Red-necked Francolin, Bare-throated Francolin, Cranch's Francolin   French Francolin à gorge rouge   German Rotkehlfrankolin   Spanish Francolín Gorgirrojo   Swedish Rödstrupig sporrhöna   Dutch  Roodkeelfrankolijn   Italian Francolino collorosso

World: Africa: Occurs mostly S of the Equator. Widespread S of the Congo forests from W to E between 0° and 25°S and then SW in a band around the edge of the continent as far S as the Cape.

Kenya: There are 2 subspecies; cranchii (pictured above) found in the Lake Victoria Basin and Mara GR and leucoparaeus found locally in the coastal lowlands.

Unlike the related Yellow-necked Spurfowl this francolin prefers moist areas with dense cover and is comparatively difficult to see. It is active early and late in the day and is found in pairs or small groups. Its diet consists mainly of seeds, tubers, roots, berries and grass stalks although it will also eat insects and their larvae.

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