Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Shelly's Francolin: Photo Essay

Shelly's Francolin (Scleropila shelleyi) is an uncommon & difficult to see species of open woodland, with rocky outcrops present. It is often only recorded by its call I'll drink your beer; I'll drink your beer at dawn & dusk.

This species is found from Kenya southwards to southern Africa, with an easterly distribution in those countries, but nowhere is it common.

Shelly's Francolin

This species feeds by digging with its bill, 
often for long periods at a time.

It is unusual in that it is often found in mixed species
flocks, with other species of Francolin.
This is the first time I have seen them out in the open.

Beautifully patterned bird.

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