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Johan van Rensburg
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Spurfowl, Redbilled

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:26 am

They are rather carefree birds (maybe even careless?), often unmoved by human presence. This trait allows for close encounters with the red-billed Spurfowl and in the golden light of a Moremi sunset, this relaxed cock became my lifer #721.

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We had stopped along a jeep track crossing a flood plain to observe a covey of Kori bustards when this fellow popped into view just a few metres away from our vehicle.

This Southern African near-endemic is closely related to the Natal spurfowl. The distribution of the two terrestrial gamebird species are more or less separated along the eastern Botswana border with some overlap in places. Interestingly hybridisation between the two species has been recorded. Since the hybrids are of the same genus it is believed that pairing may even result in viable offspring.
727 Latest lifers: Swamp boubou, Hartlaub's babbler, Chirping cisticola, Coppery-tailed coucal, Red-billed spurfowl, White-browed coucal, Scharlow's turaco, Copper sunbird, Long-toed lapwing, Eastern bronze-naped pigeon, Malagasy pond heron.

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Re: Spurfowl, Redbilled

Unread post by hilda » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:46 am

Congratulations on this beautiful, colourful lifer Johan! :clap: :clap:
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