French: Francolin criard German: Kapfrankolin Spanish: Francolín de El Cabo
Other common names:
J. F. Gmelin
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
S Namibia and South Africa, with small population on lower Orange R (W Northern Cape) isolated from main range of Western Cape E to SW Eastern Cape).
40–43 cm; male 600–915 g, female 435–659 g. Rather dark overall, with distinctive pattern of white streaks and vermiculations; only likely to be confused... read more
Male advertising call, given mainly early morning and late afternoon, is a loud crowing or cackling... read more
Inhabits scrub vegetation including scrubby heath, fynbos, rocky outcrops and sheltered riverine... read more
Food and feeding
Bulbs and corms, seeds, berries and shoots; also small molluscs, termites, ants and other insects. Has favoured drinking sites.
Lays Jul–Feb, with peak in Sept–Oct, late in winter rains or early in dry summer. Probably monogamous. Nest a hollow lined with... read more
Sedentary. Flies only when hard pressed, preferring to escape by running.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Occurs in suitable habitat throughout c. 222,000 km². Locally common; numbers believed to be stable. Occurs in... read more
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