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 Post subject: SpurFowl: Red Necked (Francolin)
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:52 pm 
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According to our book "Agred's Game birds of South Africa" there are 4 subspecies of this bird so this must be the one found along the Southern Cape Coast belt where they are common in places like Addo especially in the Spekboom Lookout area. Note the Spur on hos legs which gives him the name Spurfowl
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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:48 pm 
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Yes, we also spotted a Rednecked Francolin, with a small chick, in Addo about a month ago. Did not know it was known as a spurfowl, and had not noticed the "spurs" before- thanks for that!


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 Post subject: Spurfowl: Red-necked Spurfowl (Francolin)
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Taken in Addo recently.

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 Post subject: Re: SpurFowl: Red Necked (Francolin)
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The lack of spurs makes this bird female. Only the males grow spurs.

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Seen along a route in the foot hills of the Drakenberg near Creighton.

(Pternistes afer) breeds from November to February. The female lays 4 – 7 eggs which are incubated by her alone. Chicks can fly for short distances using their stubby wings about 10 days after hatching.

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