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Coqui Francolin | Peliperdix coqui

The Coqui Francolin is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Phasianidae bird family group which includes birds such as Francolins, Spurfowls, Quails.

The description for the Coqui Francolin (Latin name Peliperdix coqui) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Peliperdix coqui can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 188 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 62. You will find a picture of the Coqui Francolin on page 80.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. The Latin name for this bird is Francolinus coqui in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Coqui Francolin is known in Afrikaans as Swempie.

The Coqui Francolin has a height of 28 cms and weighs around 260 gms. The head is coloured yellow while the bill is coloured grey. The Peliperdix coqui has a black, white coloured throat, yellow legs and a black, white coloured back. The eyes are reddish brown.

The male Peliperdix coqui has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is yellow

Eyes are reddish brown

Bill is grey

Legs are yellow

Throat is black, white

Back is black, white

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Coqui Francolin is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

The Peliperdix coqui forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Coqui Francolin is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 4 to 6 eggs and they are coloured cream.

The bird builts its nest in a hole in the ground.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is found in the African bushveld

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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