Birding, Namibia

Cunene Birds: Red-billed Spurfowl

Red-billed Spurfowl – Pternistis adspersus

Red-billed Spurfowl


The male and female are alike while the combination of the yellow eye-ring and red bill, legs and feet, makes them fairly easy to identify. It is said that the male has longer legs than the female.

Status & Habitat: 

They are common near-endemic.

The Red-billed Spurfowl are found in pairs or small groups. They are often found in open spaces and can become quite tame.


They enjoy a varied diet of bulbs, tubers, seed, fruit and seeds. More often they are found searching through the dung of herbivores looking for undigested seeds and invertebrates.


A loud and harsh chaa-chaa-chek-chek. (One of the more beautiful morning sounds.)


The Red-billed Spurfowl is monogamous and lays between 6 – 7 eggs. Their nests are sketchy at best with sparsely lined tufts of grass. They will sometimes build their nests under a shrub.

It is better known as the Red-billed Francolin

Source: Roberts Bird Guide

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