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Kozhikode, Kerala, India
List:
Galliformes > Phasianidae

Chinese Francolin

Francolinus pintadeanus

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Identification

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Uncommon game bird of dry, shrubby areas; especially common in hilly and montane regions. Male has white cheeks and rufous on the crown, shoulders, and vent, but is predominantly covered with delicate black-and-white scaling. Female is similarly intricate in her patterning but is browner and less bright overall. Singing males often stand on exposed rocks and hilltops to give their song, a metallic series of notes often likened to “come-to-the-peak-ah-ah!”

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