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Photo by Craig Nash
Erongo Mountains, Namibia, March 2008

Alternative name: Hartlaub's Spurfowl

Pternistis hartlaubi


Male approx 28 cm (11 in), female approx 25 cm (9¾ in); the male is heavier than the female.

  • Mottled buff/brown upperparts
  • White underparts streaked with brown
  • Black forehead
  • Long white supercilium
  • Black-and-white barred undertail-coverts

Female: similar to male, but has cinnamon unstreaked underparts and lacks undertail barring

  • Greyish-brown head
  • Orange-brown supercilium

Juvenile: Buff forehead and brown crown tinged rufous. Upperparts buff-grey. Breast barred black and white, with buffy grey belly.


South-western Africa: found in Namibia and Angola.


Formerly placed in genus Francolinus.
This is a monotypic species[1].


Rocky hill slopes with grass, scrub, trees and bushes.



Diet consists of corms, seeds, berries, insects and some invertebrates, such as snails.


They are monogamous and territorial. There is little other information available.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)

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