Yellow-necked Spurfowl
Yellow-necked Francolin

Francolinus leucoscepus
Pternistis leucoscepus

Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Francolinus / Pternistis leucoscepus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Moving through waste-high grass at Nairobi National Park, Kenya. December 2014.

Heavy birds that forage mostly by walking through grassy areas. Because these birds are hunted they are scarce and much more wary outside of protected areas. 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.

Phasianidae -- Pheasant and Jungle Fowl Family


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

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Kenya Natural History

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