French: Francolin d’Erckel German: Erckelfrankolin Spanish: Francolín de Erckel
Other common names:
Taranta Mountains, Ethiopia
NE Sudan (SE Red Sea State); highlands of N Ethiopia and Eritrea N & W of Rift Valley.
38–43 cm; three males 1050–1590 g, one female 1136 g. Forehead, lores and crown-sides blackish, crown and nape chestnut, ear-coverts grey with whitish patch... read more
Territorial call, given from boulder or clifftop, a series of c. 15–20 notes, starting with well-... read more
Blocks of scrub, consisting of Carissa, Rumex, Maytenus and Rosa... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, shoots and berries, and some insects. Forages in scrub, at forest edge and in cultivation, usually observed singly, in pairs or in... read more
Lays in May and Sept–Nov, during rains, in Ethiopia; and Apr–May, during rains, in N Sudan. Probably monogamous. Nest a scrape... read more
Sedentary. Runs uphill when alarmed; if pursued, flies back downhill.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Occurs in suitable habitat throughout c. 146,000 km². Considered common and now probably stable in Ethiopia,... read more
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