Yellow-necked spurfowl

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Yellow-necked spurfowl
In Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Calls recorded in Kiboko, Kenya
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pternistis
P. leucoscepus
Binomial name
Pternistis leucoscepus
(Gray, 1867)
  • Francolinus leucoscepus

The yellow-necked spurfowl or yellow-necked francolin (Pternistis leucoscepus) is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. This species is named for the yellow patch found on its neck. Males of this species have been noted to have spurs on the back of their legs.


It has been noted that this bird is most active at dawn and dusk.[2] The bird is also noted to be very adaptable, it can continue to live in land after agriculture begins, it only leaves lands when heavy human occupation begins.[3]


The call of a yellow-necked spurfowl is a series of scratchy descending upslurs, up to seven in a series.[4] Male yellow-necked spurfowl often call while standing on top of mounds of earth or rock, often termite mounds.[2]

Conservation Status[edit]

The yellow-necked spurfowl is not in the threshold for vulnerable species despite the fact that its population (though unquantified) is thought to be in decline (though not at a fast rate). The primary threat to the species is over-hunting.[3]



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pternistis leucoscepus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22678847A92791674. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678847A92791674.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Spurfowl at Kenya Birds
  3. ^ a b BirdLife Factsheet
  4. ^ Birds of East Africa:Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi. By:Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe

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