The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Crested Francolin

Afrikaans name: Bospatrys

Crested Francolin on the edge of the road in Kruger National Park

Crested Francolin

Photo © Steven Herbert

Dendroperdix sephaena

Crested Francolins are found in many African countries. In South Africa it is found in the northern and north-eastern regions of the country.

Their preferred habitats are bushveld, woodland and other similar habitats with sufficient cover.

The Crested Francolin is normally seen in pairs or small groups.

At times they raise their tail feathers giving them a look like a bantam chicken.

When crossing roads in game reserves they often move very slowly and cautiously, unlike other francolins which either scramble across or stroll across rather casually.

Male and female Crested Francolin have the same colouration.

They eat a variety of insects and plant material.

Up to 7 eggs are laid in the nest which is made on the ground in thick grass or bush.

Crested Francolin running

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - Camera shy! A Crested Francolin runs for cover when it sees that I am trying to photograph it. Taken at Berg-en-dal Camp in Kruger National Park

Below - Crested Francolin as they are often seen - amongst the grass on the edge of road in a game reserve.

Crested Francolin

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 68

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 69

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 142

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 142

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 93

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 117

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 123

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 170

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 166

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 136

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 108

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 136

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 62

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 70

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 89

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 67

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 23

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 57

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 74

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 83

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 85

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 98

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 157

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 86

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 157

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