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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Mar 10, 2006 9:56 am

Natal (Francolin) Spurfowl (Pternistes natalensis)

Other names:
Afrikaans: Natalse Fisant
French: Francolin du Natal
German: Natalfrankolin
Dutch: Natal-frankolijn

The Natal Francolin is a common species of thicker woodland, riverine gullies, coastal bush and the edges of forests. It is usually seen in small parties foraging in the undergrowth, or close to cover. It may become tame at picnic spots and camping grounds. It roosts in large trees and is a very noisy bird. The call is a loud, screeching crow starting with explosive chattering notes and then fading away: Chakkity-chakkity-chakkity, chee cheeky, Kacheeeky, Ka-cheeky.

Weight & Size:
Males ± 600 g
Females ± 400 g
30-38 cm

Identification:
The size is medium, it is a uniform dull brown on top and black below, the bill and legs are an orange red
Distribution
Found in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, eastern Botswana and north eastern South Africa

Status:
Common resident

Habitat:
Dense thickets along water courses, mountains and Acacia bushveld

Habits:
In pairs most of the time
They often call at dawn and dusk
Roost in the branches of trees at night

Food:
Insects, roots, fruit and seeds

Breeding:
All months of the year
Nest : The nest is a scrape in the ground, which is lined with roots, grass and stalks - it is well hidden under thorny tangles or shrubs.
Clutch : 5-8 eggs
Incubation : About 21 days
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Spurfowl: Natal Spurfowl

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:37 am

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Used to be known as francolin... Natal Spurfowl?
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:13 am

It's a new species called Juvenile Spurfowl.
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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:34 pm

Photographed this bird in Biyamiti bush camp.

The photos are of the same bird in the same spot. The first photo was taken while I was kneeling and the second while I was lying flat on the ground. Demonstrates the difference the angle at which a photo is taken makes.

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Re: Spurfowl: Natal Spurfowl

Unread postby Jock » Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:23 am

We saw this Natal Francolin at our time share by Kruger. Every day he/she would appear to lose his/her mate and then yell and scream as only a Natal Francolin can.

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Re: Spurfowl: Natal Spurfowl

Unread postby Batmad » Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:53 am

Unfortunatly i do not have a photo, but i normally see them on the side of the rode in kruger or in the camps. I absoultly LOVE their call!!!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Spurfowl: Natal Spurfowl

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:57 pm

A tree-dwelling Natal Spurfowl, seen on the S114 in Kruger this year.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby basde_vos » Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:20 pm

After a splendid holiday in SA, I'm in the process of creating my photobook.

Who can identify the following bird for me?

Spotted in Kruger in Olifants camp
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jurgen » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:43 pm

Hi bas good to see you share an interest in our feathery friends :thumbs_up:

Natal spurfowl

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jay Knight » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:33 pm

Here are a few more that I am struggling with:

Number 6:
I saw this next one at Bobbejaan-krans near Orpen. To me it looks like a red bille Spurfowl but the disrtibution map in my Roberts guide says that they don't occur in this area?

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Any help would be massively appreciated! Thanks in advance

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:26 am

hi Jay

6: Natal Spurfowl
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Falconry4ever » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:39 am

Josh of the Bushveld wrote:hi Jay

6: Natal Spurfowl

6 - Agree
Go look at some of my photos (mostly birds) @ http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/forum/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=20417

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Falconry4ever » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:42 am

Jay Knight wrote:Here are a few more that I am struggling with:

Number 6:
I saw this next one at Bobbejaan-krans near Orpen. To me it looks like a red bille Spurfowl but the disrtibution map in my Roberts guide says that they don't occur in this area?

Any help would be massively appreciated! Thanks in advance


Hi Jay

6 - Natal Spurfowl
Go look at some of my photos (mostly birds) @ http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/forum/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=20417

Expect the unexpected...

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Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:00 pm

thank you Falcon... for ever... :D
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