Skip to Content

Spurfowl: Natal Spurfowl

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
User avatar
francoisd
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1361
Joined: Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:38 pm

Unread post by 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
"The measure of life is not its duration but its donation." - Peter Marshall
www.flickr.com/groups/birdssa

User avatar
DuQues
Honorary Virtual Ranger
Honorary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 14520
Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 5:42 pm
Location: Red sand, why do I keep thinking of red sand?

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:34 pm

Image Image
Image Image
Not posting much here anymore, but the photo's you can follow here There is plenty there.

Feel free to use any of these additional letters to correct the spelling of words found in the above post: a-e-t-n-d-i-o-s-m-l-u-y-h-c

User avatar
francoisd
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1361
Joined: Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:38 pm

Unread post by 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.

Image Image
"The measure of life is not its duration but its donation." - Peter Marshall

www.flickr.com/groups/birdssa

User avatar
Jock
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 507
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:26 am
Location: Durban, South Africa
Contact:

Re: Spurfowl: Natal Spurfowl

Unread post by 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.

Image Larger view
Cheers
Her Highness Jockelina


Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away

User avatar
Batmad
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2477
Joined: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:05 pm
Location: Looking for Bats...

Re: Spurfowl: Natal Spurfowl

Unread post by 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:
Avid birder, wildlife enthusiast and photographer with a special interest in Bats and Birds

2014 Birding Big Year- A 365 Day quest for 800 Species of Southern African Birds

User avatar
Elsa
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 9829
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa

Re: Spurfowl: Natal Spurfowl

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

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

Image
Where ever you go, go with all your Heart.
Kruger - 16th May - 3rd June 2016

Have you nominated someone in the Annual Forum Awards yet?

Jay Knight
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:39 pm

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by 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?

Image

Any help would be massively appreciated! Thanks in advance

User avatar
Josh of the Bushveld
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1510
Joined: Tue May 19, 2009 2:15 pm
Location: Johannesburg - too far from the closest Sanpark

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

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

hi Jay

6: Natal Spurfowl
The 'mite formerly known as joshilewis

FGASA Level 1 Guide

Glen Reenen TR

15-18 June: Berg-en-dal

User avatar
Falconry4ever
Posts: 63
Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:45 am
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by 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

Expect the unexpected...

User avatar
Falconry4ever
Posts: 63
Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:45 am
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by 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...

User avatar
anne-marie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 6469
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

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

thank you Falcon... for ever... :D
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince

back home...

User avatar
ossendryver
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1042
Joined: Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:18 pm
Location: johannesburg (but soon in Kruger)

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by ossendryver » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:43 pm

Image
:hmz:

Natal Francolin?

User avatar
Rookie
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 227
Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:18 am
Location: Cape Town

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rookie » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:03 pm

My very uneducated guess would be a Natal Francolin, but I will leave it to the experts to confirm it for you. :redface:
KTP - 27/12 - 3/1/16

User avatar
Elsa
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 9829
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:51 pm

Rookie wrote:My very uneducated guess would be a Natal Francolin, but I will leave it to the experts to confirm it for you. :redface:
No expert, but I agree! :wink:
Where ever you go, go with all your Heart.
Kruger - 16th May - 3rd June 2016

Have you nominated someone in the Annual Forum Awards yet?

User avatar
Leeukos
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 795
Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:07 am
Location: Under African Sky !!!

Re: Spurfowl: Natal Spurfowl

Unread post by Leeukos » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:11 pm

Image
"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by kerryball at 11:47:12
orpen
Submitted by vecopoer67 at 17:56:04
satara
Submitted by Anonymous at 17:36:24
nossob
Submitted by jobi at 06:48:21