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A photo of a Crested Francolin (Ortygornis sephaena)
Crested Francolin

Crested Francolin

Ortygornis sephaena

The crested francolin, known scientifically as Ortygornis sephaena, is a distinguished member of the Phasianidae family. This bird is adorned with a notable crest, which gives it its common name.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the crested francolin, look for its characteristic crest and the overall brown plumage with intricate patterns that provide excellent camouflage in its natural habitat.

Habitat

The crested francolin is a bird of southern Africa, where it frequents a variety of habitats, adapting well to its surroundings.

Distribution

This species is widely distributed across southern Africa, indicating a healthy and stable population in this region.

Behaviour

Observations of the crested francolin's behavior reveal a bird that is well-adapted to its environment, exhibiting typical behaviors of the Phasianidae family.

Subspecies

There are several subspecies of the crested francolin, including O. s. grantii, O. s. rovuma (sometimes considered a separate species, Kirk's francolin), O. s. spilogaster, O. s. zambesiae, and O. s. sephaena.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the crested francolin as Least Concern, indicating that, at present, there are no immediate threats to its population numbers that would warrant a higher level of concern.

Crested Francolin Sounds



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Crested Francolin can live for up to 8 years.

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