Swainson's spurfowl

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Swainson's spurfowl
Swainson's Spurfowl (Pternistes swainsonii) (6041396322).jpg
In Kruger National Park, South Africa
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pternistis
P. swainsonii
Binomial name
Pternistis swainsonii
(Smith, 1836)
  • Francolinus swainsonii

Swainson's spurfowl or Swainson's francolin (Pternistis swainsonii) is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In the Shona language in Zimbabwe, this bird is called the chikwari and is considered a delicacy by outdoor and hunting enthusiasts.

Swainson's francolin was named after William Swainson, an English ornithologist.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pternistis swainsonii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22678860A92792338. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678860A92792338.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.

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