Backyard Birds

Francolins / Spurfowl

Francolins are members of the pheasant family, Phasianidae.

These birds are mostly seen on the ground as they forage for insects, seeds, and vegetation.

Their hooked upper beaks are well adapted for digging at the bases of grass tussocks and rootballs as they search for food.

Asian Francolin Races

Genus Francolinus

  • Black Francolin, Francolinus francolinus
  • Painted Francolin, Francolinus pictus
  • Chinese Francolin, Francolinus pintadeanus
  • Grey Francolin, Francolinus pondicerianus
  • Swamp Francolin, Francolinus gularis

African Francolin Races

Genus Peliperdix:

  • Coqui Francolin, Peliperdix coqui
  • White-throated Francolin, Peliperdix albogularis
  • Schlegel’s Francolin, Peliperdix schlegelii
  • Latham’s Francolin, Peliperdix lathami

Genus Dendroperdix:

Genus Scleroptila:

  • Ring-necked Francolin, Scleroptila streptophorus
  • Finsch’s Francolin, Scleroptila finschi
  • Red-winged Francolin, Scleroptila levaillantii
  • Grey-winged Francolin, Scleroptila africanus
  • Moorland Francolin, Scleroptila psilolaemus
  • Shelley’s Francolin, Scleroptila shelleyi
  • Orange River Francolin, Scleroptila levaillantoides

Spurfowl – Genus Pternistis

  • Natal Spurfowl, Pternistis natalensis
  • Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Pternistis leucoscepus
  • Scaly Francolin, Pternistis squamatus
  • Ahanta Francolin, Pternistis ahantensis
  • Grey-striped Francolins, Pternistis griseostriatus
  • Hartlaub’s Francolin, Pternistis hartlaubi
  • Double-spurred Francolin, Pternistis bicalcaratus
  • Heuglin’s Francolin, Pternistis icterorhynchus
  • Clapperton’s Francolin, Pternistis clappertoni
  • Harwood’s Francolin, Pternistis harwoodi
  • Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Pternistis hildebrandti
  • Jackson’s Francolin, Pternistis jacksoni
  • Handsome Francolin, Pternistis nobilis
  • Mount Cameroon Francolin, Pternistis camerunensis
  • Swierstra’s Francolin, Pternistis swierstrai
  • Chestnut-naped Francolin, Pternistis castaneicollis
  • Erckel’s Francolin, Pternistis erckelii
  • Djibouti Francolin, Pternistis ochropectus
  • Red-billed Spurfowl, Pternistis adspersus
  • Cape Spurfowl, Pternistis capensis
  • Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Pternistis rufopictus
  • Red-necked Spurfowl, Pternistis afer
  • Swainson’s Spurfowl, Pternistis swainsonii

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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