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Francolin: Cape Francolin

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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Fri May 05, 2006 8:50 pm

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Unread postby leopardspotter » Fri May 05, 2006 11:16 pm

I just love there beautiful feather patterns and there big stong feet.
I alway see them running, very active little birds! 8)

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:00 pm

Cape Francolin
Francolinus Capensis

Description
These large birds appear dark from a distance, with red legs. However, in close range its plumage is vermiculated in a grey white, while the crown and nape is plainer. You can distinguish this francolins by it having paler cheeks which contrast with its dark cap. Also lacking red around the eyes and throat. Has white streaking on its belly and a greyish horn coloured bill.

Females &Juveniles
Females and males are generally alike. Where the male has 2 legs spurs, and a female has one smaller spur. Juveniles are also generally similar to the adults, but are duller in appearance, the legs have a clear vermiculation.

Habitat
Occurs along the whole west and southern coast extending to Port Elizabeth and the fynbos areas more inland. They prefer scrubby open areas with preferable water nearby. Also occurring regularly in pastures and croplands.

Calls
A very loud screechy 'cackalac' repeated three times in one call.

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Unread postby arks » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:26 pm

Meanwhile, another puzzler. Can this possibly be a redwing francolin? It was very far away so the photo is very cropped, and my other guess would be greywinged francolin, but that white patch on the neck looks somewhat larger .... Seen at WCNP in late September 2010.

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Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:49 am

Maybe a Pratincole?
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Unread postby DotDan » Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:28 am

Hi Arks

Looks like a Cape Spurfowl to me.. :wink:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:20 pm

DotDan wrote:Looks like a Cape Spurfowl to me.. :wink:

That's what I thought until I looked closely at the pix, but I've never seen a Cape francolin with white on the throat and this white patch is large ... :hmz:

Here's a tighter crop of my photo.

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Unread postby Dabchick » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:24 am

:hmz:

I see the male of the cunensis form of the rednecked francolin (sorry about the old name - only got an old book at work :wink: ) - or Francolinus afer cunensis have a white throat.

However, it's supposed to have a bit of red around the eye and I can't see it here...

Do you have any photo's of the belly / chest?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:04 pm

Dabchick wrote:Do you have any photo's of the belly / chest?

Unfortunately no ... the bird was very far away and kept its back to me :(

Another possibility might be the Orange river francolin, but it would be well out of range at WCNP (as would rednecked)

Definitely a puzzler :hmz:
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Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:50 pm

arks,

I think you are looking at a Cape Spurfowl. They actually do have some white on the throat - it could be just the harsh sunlight and angle of the neck that makes it appear this much white, and the plain feather markings with the distribution fits well for Cape.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:00 pm

Lizet Grobbelaar wrote:arks,

I think you are looking at a Cape Spurfowl. They actually do have some white on the throat - it could be just the harsh sunlight and angle of the neck that makes it appear this much white, and the plain feather markings with the distribution fits well for Cape.

Thanks Lizet — and DotDan and Dabchick. All the various opinions are interesting and helpful, and I'd certainly thought Cape francolin until I looked closely at the photo and then I just wondered ... :? Asking here usually clears up any "mysteries" and it's because of all your help that I learn! :dance:
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Re: Francolin: Cape Francolin

Unread postby Bosnimf » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:34 pm

Now Cape Spurfowl? :?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:01 pm

Hello Guys

Just came back from Tankwa, and got a few unknowns to tick off

Spurfowl?
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Unread postby MxM » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:54 pm

HiGilbertr14

Think the spurfowl is a cape spurfowl.

Sure the big guns will be able to help more.

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