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Swamp Francolin - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by rezMole
Koshi Tappu, Nepal, 8 March 2016
Ortygornis gularis

Francolinus gularis


• 37 cm / 15 inches

• 500 Grams / 18 ounces

• Significant white streaks underneath

• Brown iris

• Black bill

• Legs Orangish yellow to red, brighter with a breeding male

Female somewhat like male without spurs, tarsus is not as bright

Juvenile Similar to adult, but duller with brown streaking underneath


Terai of northern India to southern Nepal and Bangladesh


This is a monotypic species.[1]


High grass near river edges and floodplains.


The eggs are cream coloured and speckled.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/C5401E05]. Retrieved 20 November 2021
  3. McGowan, P. J. K. and G. M. Kirwan (2021). Swamp Francolin (Ortygornis gularis), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.swafra1.01.1

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