Jackson's Francolin

Pternistis jacksoni

Jackson's Francolin, Francolinus jacksoni, photo © by Michael Plagens

In high elevation moorland, Abedares National Park, Kenya, Africa. 4 June 2017.

Heavy birds that forage mostly by walking through grassy areas. This species prefers high altitude moorlands and elfin forests. Because these birds are hunted they are scarce and much more wary outside of protected areas. Also called spurfowl because adult males possess sharp spurs on their feet. They feed especially on seeds of sedges and grasses. Fruit and insects are also eaten.

Jackson's Francolin, Pternistis jacksoni, © Michael Plagens

Phasianidae -- Pheasant and Jungle Fowl Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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