Red-billed spurfowl

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Red-billed spurfowl
P. adspersus in Namibia
Calls recorded in Etosha Game Park, Namibia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pternistis
Species: P. adspersus
Binomial name
Pternistis adspersus
  • Francolinus adspersus

The red-billed spurfowl (Pternistis adspersus), also known as the red-billed francolin, is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found in Southern Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The species exhibits sexual dimorphism in size. Males are larger, measuring 38 cm (15 in) in length and weighing 340–635 g (12.0–22.4 oz), whereas females measure 33 cm (13 in) in length and weigh 340–549 g (12.0–19.4 oz). The species has barred underparts (in contrast to the related Natal spurfowl) and a conspicuous yellow eye-ring.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pternistis adspersus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22678819A92790026. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678819A92790026.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Red-billed Francolin (Pternistis adspersus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 May 2017).

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