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The Natal spurfowl

7 December 2015

 

www.leopard.tvwww.leopard.tvThe harsh call of the Natal spurfowl Pternistis natalensis, formerly known as the Natal francolin, is characteristic of the bushveld at dusk and dawn. The name Pternistis was created by Wagler for gamebirds of medium size with black, red, or orange legs and streaked or mottled backs. The name was derived from the Greek word for one who trips with the heel and refers to the double spurs of the males. The name natalensis refers to the former name Port Natal of Durban, near where the first specimen was collected. The original scientific name Francolinus natalensis was given to this bird in 1834 by A Smith.

Adult Natal spurfowls are 30 to 38 cm tall, the males have a mean weight of 500 g and the females one of 390 g. The sexes are alike and the Natal spurfowl lacks the bare... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (Eds) 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, p 81.

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

 

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