Stone Partridge Ptilopachus petrosus

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Unusual partridge that is small and dark, with a thick tail that is usually cocked up. A good view reveals red legs, red bare skin around the eye, and fine markings on the breast and head. There is some regional variation: the plumage is generally darker in moister areas and paler in drier areas. Found in a variety of savanna habitats with a thick and grassy understory, often in rocky areas. Usually in pairs or small groups. The distinctive vocalization is a series of loud “wheet” notes that rises and becomes more emphatic, usually given as a duet by a pair. Cocks up the tail like Crested Francolin, but smaller, darker, and without a bold pale eyebrow stripe. 

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