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SpurFowl: Red Necked (Francolin)

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SpurFowl: Red Necked (Francolin)

Unread postby BushCall » Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:52 pm

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 postby carolynn » Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:48 pm

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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Spurfowl: Red-necked Spurfowl (Francolin)

Unread postby francoisd » Thu May 31, 2007 11:07 am

Taken in Addo recently.

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Re: SpurFowl: Red Necked (Francolin)

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:56 am

The lack of spurs makes this bird female. Only the males grow spurs.


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

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