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Swainsons spurfowl

Pternistis swainsonii

Description:

Distinguished from other spurfowl by the combination of red face, red throat, black upper bill and black legs. Male and female have similar plumage but the male can be distinguished by having long leg spurs. This is most likely a female since the leg spurs are missing.

Habitat:

meadowland (short grass). Kruger national park, South Africa.

Notes:

Hawks and eagles are the main predators of the adult bird, but the chicks can also be a target for monitor lizards, snakes, mongooses and baboons. They mainly eat plant matter in winter supplemented with insects in summer, doing most of its foraging by digging and gleaning. Nest a scrape in the ground lined with grass and leaves, hidden among vegetation. Egg-laying season is year-round, peaking from February to May. After laying 3-12 eggs, the female incubates them for 21-24 days before they hatch. Chicks are able to fly short distances after 10-14 days and are near adults size after 3 months.

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2 Comments

Tiz
Tiz 6 years ago

Thanks Bg :)

bg11a1
bg11a1 6 years ago

Cool

Tiz
Spotted by
Tiz

Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Apr 26, 2014
Submitted on May 30, 2014

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