French: Francolin à double éperon German: Doppelspornfrankolin Spanish: Francolín biespolado
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. ayesha
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1917) – W Morocco from Rabat S to Mogador.
P. b. bicalcaratus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S Mauritania and Senegambia E to SW Chad and S to N Cameroon.
P. b. ogilviegranti
(Bannerman, 1922) – S Nigeria and S Cameroon.
30–34 cm; male c. 507 g, female c. 381 g; wingspan 45–50 cm. No other francolin occurs in Africa N of Sahara; in Morocco present species might only be confused... read more
Advertising call, given from low perch (tree, rock or termite mound) and usually at dawn, perhaps... read more
Wide variety of open habitats from moist savanna to arid savanna and from Cistus heath to... read more
Food and feeding
In W Africa is opportunist, diet varying somewhat with habitat and apparently with season, with rhizomes and tubers predominating in dry... read more
Lays in all months according to locality; mid Feb–Jun (mainly Mar–Apr) in Morocco (ayesha); in Senegambia and E of... read more
Sedentary. Active in early morning and late afternoon, moving into shade during hottest part of day... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: bicalcaratus safe; ayesha critically endangered. Nominate bicalcaratus considered commonest W... read more
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