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
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Perdicinae
Genus: Pternistis
Species: P. swainsonii
Binomial name
Pternistis swainsonii
(Smith, 1836)
Synonyms
  • Francolinus swainsonii

The Swainson's spurfowl, Swainson's francolin or chikwari (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.

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