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Erckel's francolin

Pternistis erckelii

Description:

Medium-sized partridge running about at a high altitude. Males and females can be identified by comparing the spurs on their legs; males have two per leg, whereas females have one.

Habitat:

I spotted this francolin at greater than 9000 feet, on the dormant volcano, Mauna Kea.

Notes:

Native to Ethiopia, Eritrea, and part of Northern Sudan, it was introduced to the Hawaiian islands in the 1950s but is not found on Maui, Molokai, Kahoolwe or Niihau.

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6 Comments

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Thanks, Maria! Yes, they were introduced as game birds all over the US but the population on the main land did not survive.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 months ago

Interesting spotting. Do you know why this bird was introduced to Hawaii?

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Thanks so much, Ashley, for letting me know about the nomination!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Thanks so much, Neil! :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

Wonderful spotting, muana, and a great series of pics.

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Hilo, Hawaii, USA

Lat: 19.80, Long: -155.46

Spotted on Dec 15, 2018
Submitted on Dec 25, 2018

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