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Shelley's Francolin - BirdForum Opus

Scleroptila shelleyi

Francolinus shelleyi

Photo by nkgray
Photo taken: Muntshe, southern Kruger Park.


Length 28-31 cm. The throat is white with a black edge. The breast and flanks have chestnut stripes, and the belly is barred black and white. In flight, differs from the similar Red-winged Francolin in that only the primaries are reddish.


Africa: Uganda (possibly no more?), Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, southern Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and eSwatini. Populations are not contiguous.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Whyte's Francolin was formerly included here.


Grassland with scattered acacia, savanna and open woodland - usually rocky areas.


It is a shy bird. The diet includes insects, small molluscs, seeds, bulbs and roots.


A repeated til-it, til-leoo or I'll-drink yer-beer, generally only heard in early morning.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  4. Sibley, CG and BL Monroe. 1996. Birds of the World, on diskette, Windows version 2.0. Charles G. Sibley, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
  5. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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