A photo of a Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus), male
Black Francolin, Male

Black Francolin

Francolinus francolinus

The black francolin (Francolinus francolinus) is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. It was formerly known as the black partridge. The black francolin has a length range around 33 to 36 cm. The male is black with a white patch on the cheek, a chestnut collar and white spots on the flanks. The back and wings are scalloped with shades of golden brown with sub-terminal tawny-buff bands and pale edges. The rounded tail is black with narrow white or greyish bars. The legs and neck are reddish-brown to red. The extent of the white spotting on the flanks varies substantially across the species' range and the depth of colour of the females similarly varies. The female is mainly brown, but has a chestnut hind neck. The head is curved with brown irises, brown crown and black throat. The upper plumage, wings and tail as in the male, but the black is replaced by mottled brown and the brown bars on the lower back and tail are wider. The female is duller, with no cheek patch, and the collar is replaced with a nuchal patch. The head and underparts are buff where the male shows black. The rump and upper tail coverts are light brown.
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Lucas Corneliussen
Tuesday 20 Dec 2022 - 9:50am
United States
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Hemant Kirola
Sunday 02 Oct 2022 - 8:22am
India
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Hemant Kirola
Sunday 25 Sep 2022 - 7:39am
India
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Hemant Kirola
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India
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