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A photo of a Coqui Francolin (Campocolinus coqui), male
Coqui Francolin, Male

Coqui Francolin

Campocolinus coqui

The Coqui francolin, known scientifically as Campocolinus coqui, is a bird that belongs to the Phasianidae family. This species exhibits a striking appearance, with the adult male of the "Pale-bellied francolin" subspecies, P. c. hubbardi, showcasing its plumage in the Maasai Mara.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the Coqui francolin, one should look for the characteristic features of the species, which include the coloration and patterns of the plumage. The males and females of the nominate race can be observed in eastern Botswana and Limpopo, respectively, providing opportunities to study their distinct markings.


The Coqui francolin is an adaptable bird, favoring a variety of environments. It thrives in grasslands, steppes, savannas, and dry scrublands, but is also comfortable in bright forests and grain fields. This bird is known to inhabit high plateaus, where it can be found at elevations of up to 2,000 meters.


This francolin has a broad range across Africa's southern half, with a presence in the western Sahel and Ethiopia. It holds the distinction of being the most widespread francolin on the African continent.


The Coqui francolin is predominantly a resident bird, meaning it does not typically migrate and is often found within the same geographical area throughout the year.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Coqui francolin as Least Concern, indicating that the species does not currently face any significant threats to its survival.

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