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Red-winged Francolin | Scleroptila levaillantii

The Red-winged 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 Red-winged Francolin (Latin name Scleroptila levaillantii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Scleroptila levaillantii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 192 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 65. You will find a picture of the Red-winged 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.

The Latin name for this bird is Francolinus levaillantii in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Red-winged Francolin has a height of 38 cms and weighs around 460 gms. The head is coloured black, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Scleroptila levaillantii has a black, brown coloured throat, yellow legs and a black, brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

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 black, brown

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are yellow

Throat is black, brown

Back is black, brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

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

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Red-winged 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 10 eggs and they are coloured brown.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

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

The Red-winged Francolin is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is found in the African bushveld

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Red-winged Francolin is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large 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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