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Black Francolin

Francolinus francolinus

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Strikingly patterned male is unmistakable. Brownish female has an orange nape and whitish throat and is smaller than Gray Francolin. Occurs in dry grasslands, agricultural land, and weedy fields. Shier than other francolins; more often heard than seen. Usually solitary or in pairs. Introduced in Hawaii where it is widespread in dry areas on most islands; uncommon and local on western Oahu. Male call is a peculiar, metallic-sounding “keek, keek, kek-ke-kek.”

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Birds of North America

Comprehensive life histories of North American breeding birds