The only francolin in southern Africa with yellow around
the eye. This, as well as the combination of red bill, red legs, absence of
white or red on the throat make identification of this species easy.
Plumage of male and female is similar but the male can be
distinguished by his long, sharp leg spurs.
Distribution and habitat
Occurs in dry savannas of northern Namibia, south-western Angola,
Botswana, western Zimbabwe and western North West Province.
No records but would be vulnerable to birds-of-prey and
small mammalian carnivores. Blood and nematode parasites have been found in
other francolin species.
Mainly eats plant matter, doing most of its foraging by
exploring sandy clearings, often scratching through droppings in search of
undigested seeds. The following food items have been recorded in its diet: