Red-Necked Spurfowl

Introduction: The red-necked spurfowl (Pternistis afer) also known as the red-necked francolin (Francolinus afer) is usually confined to a habitat of dense cover associated with moist regions of evergreen forest edges, the edges of marshes and thickets. They gather in small coveys of around 3 to 6, running into dense cover when disturbed. They are frequent dustbathers.

Distribution: Isolated populations exists in the Kunene River valley near Epupa Falls.

Diet: In winter they will forage for bulbs, roots, seeds, fruits and other vegetable matter. In summer snails, termites, ticks will be eaten along with grass shoots and seeds. They will also make a beeline for commercial grains, sorghum, cereals and maize.

Description: Red-necked spurfowls are medium-sized gamebirds with bright pinkish red legs, feet and bills. They usually roost in trees and have a loud and annoying call.

Breeding: Females lay between 3 to 9 eggs between November and April.

Size: 35 to 36cm.

Weight: 710g.

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