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Francolin: Crested

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:38 am

I struggle to differentiate between the Common Quail and Crested Francolin ...

Can the experts please advise me which one this is and how do you differentiate between the two?

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:48 am

The quail is about half the size of the francolin. Don't have my guide with you but I'll say the one you have there is the francolin. The quail's markings if I remember is slighty different. Not on the back as with the francolin.

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:16 am

Only got to this now.
Bird is definitely a Crested Francolin. The Francolin has a dark cap where the Common quail has a light brown cap. The Francolin also has a dark-striped chest as the bird in the photo. The Francolin has reddish legs while those of the quail are more yellow.

The bird in your photo looks to be a female Crested Francolin.
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Unread postby Freda » Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:52 pm

And the tail of the crested francolin stands up when it runs, like a bantam chicken, whereas the quail's tail stays down.
If you hear them call, the francolin sounds like 'beer and cognac, beer and cognac' :lol:

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Unread postby francoisd » Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:24 am

Crested Francolin (Francolinus sephaena)

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Old scientific name(s):
Peliperdix sephaena, Dendroperdix sephaena

Other names:
Afrikaans: Bospatrys
French: Francolin huppé, Francolin casqué
German: Schopffrankolin
Dutch: Kuiffrankolijn

Identification:
Medium in Size, black bill, reddish legs, finely barred belly, heavily streaked chest, dark and light striped head diagnostic

Distribution:
Found in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northern Namibia, Botswana and northern South Africa

Status:
Very common resident

Habitat:
Bushveld, riverine forest and dense woodland especially around rocky outcrop

Habits:
Usually in pairs or family groups
Very noisy at dusk and dawn

Food:
Bulbs, seeds, berries, insects and molluscs

Breeding:
October to May
Nest : Sparsely lined scrape on the ground, in rank grass or under any thorny shrub
Clutch : 4-9 Eggs
Incubation : 21 Days
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Unread postby bert » Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:02 pm

Seen a pair on the riverloops near Letaba Juni 2005

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Re: Crested francolin

Unread postby Nico » Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:34 am

Two male Crested Francolins are in a fight for their territory, the BIG BIRD BATTLE. :shock:

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Re: Crested francolin

Unread postby wmahon465 » Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:37 pm

This is one of my favourites taken up on the rabelais loop,
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I couldn't have had a better pose.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby basde_vos » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:47 pm

Hi guys,

Thanks a lot! While working through our holiday photos (only about 2000 of them :lol: ), I ran into some other bird sightings which I don't know. You have probably already guessed that I'm not a bird specialist :)

Anyways, thanks for helping me out.

All birds are spotted between Olifants and Skukuza in Kruger.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jurgen » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:25 pm

Bas

:D 2000 pics, thats a decent session!
I'm glad I can help you out, we are all in the learning curve. Do you have a field guide?
ok so here's what I think of your latest bunch
#1. Crested Francolin

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wingman » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:41 am

Agree with you on all of them Jurgen :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby basde_vos » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:06 am

Thanks guys,

No, don't have a field guide. One of those things you don't realize you're going to need while on holiday in SA. Looking back it would have been good to get one. Now I'm back in the Netherlands and fixing my photobook. Next safari will definitely include a field guide :lol:

As soon as I approach the Golden Gate/Addo part of my trip (working the pics) I'll probably have some more questions!

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Re: Francolin: Crested

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:36 pm

Kirk's Francolin (from central Mozambique) is another race of Crested Francolin. They can be told apart by Kirk's having brown streaks on the belly and flanks and no barring. The call is also different.

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Re: Francolin: Crested

Unread postby BushFairy » Wed May 19, 2010 10:12 pm

Seen at Afsaal :)

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Re: Francolin: Crested

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 20, 2010 6:36 pm

Thanks for sharing Lizet..... :thumbs_up:
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