French: Francolin de Shelley German: Shelleyfrankolin Spanish: Francolín de Shelley
Hartley Hills, Umfuli River, Zimbabwe
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. uluensis
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1892) – C & S Kenya and N Tanzania.
S. s. macarthuri
(van Someren, 1938) – SE Kenya (Chyulu Hills).
S. s. shelleyi
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1890) – patchily from extreme SW Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and C Tanzania S to C Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, S Mozambique, NE South Africa (S to KwaZulu-Natal) and Swaziland.
c. 33–35 cm; 392–600 g. In flight, shows small rufous patch in wing. Characteristic blackish barring on underparts, especially on belly. Differs from S.... read more
Advertisement call consists of musical series of four notes given from the ground, frequently... read more
Occurs in variety of grassland and woodland habitats: open montane wooded savanna and grassland,... read more
Food and feeding
Varied diet, including roots and bulbs, fallen seeds, and invertebrates, such as small molluscs, termites (Isoptera) and ants (... read more
Lays during dry season, varying with locality, and recorded in most months: Aug–Jan in South Africa, Mar–Jul in E Africa.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very widely distributed species occurring in suitable habitat throughout an area of c. 1,270,000 km². Considered to be generally... read more
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