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Cape spurfowl or Cape Francolin

Pternistis capensis


This large francolin appears all dark from a distance, apart from the red legs, but when seen closer the plumage is finely vermiculated in grey and white, with a plainer crown and nape.


Distribution is concentrated mainly in the Western Cape but extends into Northern Cape, southern Namibia and Eastern Cape. Found mainly in fynbos and karoo but also in gardens and agricultural settings.

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Overstrand Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Aug 13, 2010
Submitted on Mar 16, 2011

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