French: Francolin de Levaillant German: Rotflügelfrankolin Spanish: Francolín alirrojo
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. l. kikuyuensis
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1897) – Angola, W Zambia and E DRCongo E to WC Kenya.
S. l. crawshayi
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1896) – highlands of NE Zambia and N Malawi.
S. l. levaillantii
(Valenciennes, 1825) – E & S South Africa (S in coastal highlands to Eastern Cape and SE Western Cape); also W Swaziland.
c. 33–38 cm; male 359–567 g, female 354–515 g. Differs from other red-winged francolins by ochre band on sides of throat and broad black and white gorget,... read more
Male advertising call, given from ground, is a series of c. 5 high-pitched, piping whistles, a... read more
Moist montane and upland grasslands, at 1800–3000 m in Kenya, preferring steep-sided valleys... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly bulbs and corms, especially of Amaryllidaceae and Iridaceae; small amounts of plant material taken from above ground; rest of... read more
Lays in all months in S of range, Mar–Jul in E Cape Province, Aug–Feb in Natal, virtually every month in Zambia (no records in... read more
Sedentary. Flies fair distances, but only when hard-pressed; is a good runner.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Occurs in suitable habitat throughout area of c. 830,000 km². Distribution is extremely patchy. Generally... read more
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