Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52286

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Genus:Francolinus
Genus species:Francolinus swainsonii

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:41 cm
Identification:Swainson's francolin is dark brown above with black markings. The nape, sides of the face, neck, and underparts are paler in comparison. The upper mandible is black and the lower is reddish. The bare facial skin of the francolin is red, and the legs are black. The males are spurred.
Habitat:Bushvelds, near water
Diet:Seeds, berries, insects
Reproduction:Francolins split into pairs during the breeding season. Most species, if not all, vigorously defend the area around their nest site against others of the same species. Nests are found on the ground, usually under cover and are shallow scrapes with a greater or lesser amount of plant material used as lining. The known clutch size ranges from 2-12 eggs, with the average believed to be between 4-6 eggs.
Swainson's francolins are commonly found singly or in small family parties.
Behavior:Roosting is done in the trees.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The family Phasianidae has 12 different genera in Africa, of which the Francolinus, with 36 species, is the largest.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:upland ground bird
Swainson's francolin
Francolins
Partridges
Phasianidae
Galliformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52286