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Grey Francolin

(Francolinus pondicerianus)
Alternate name(s): "Grey Partridge*" (not to be confused with the Eurasian "Grey Partridge")
Size: 29-34 cm (male); 26-30 cm (female)
Weight: 260-340 g (male); 200-310 g (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Grey Francolin at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "mecranensis"(?)

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a (possibly young) male Grey Francolin; note the black band under the creamy chin patch and the faint brown bars on the flanks
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Small covey of Grey Francolins; the second bird from the right is a male - note the prominent black band under the creamy throat patch and also the rich colours of the wing bars
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Grey Francolin; note the absence of brown barring on the flanks and the inconspicuous throat patch
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Female Grey Francolin (left) and juvenile (right)
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat]

Dorsal view of a Grey Francolin
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Grey Francolins having a drink at "Trickler's pub"
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Small covey of Grey Francolins foraging in a dry wadi under an overhanging acacia tree; the very moment this photo was taken the sentry spotted the human at a distance of 50 m and within a few seconds everybody was gone
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, May 2010]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Close-up view of a a juvenile Grey Francolin; note the absence of a chin patch
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

Grey Francolin chick demonstrating the intended use of the benches
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat]

Behaviour

Grey Francolins are shy birds that will not allow humans to approach them. Yet they live on the campus of Sultan Qaboos University, with frequent human disturbances. They have repeatedly been seen by us using the ever watchful resident Red-wattled Plovers as their sentries, see photo below. Although they usually try to run out of harm's way, they do fly occasionally. They use their flight skills to roost in trees at night.

Grey Francolins using the service of a Red-wattled Plover as sentry
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat]

No, not a North-American Great Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), but a female Grey Francolin in fast retreat
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat]

For a Grey Francolin there is always something interesting to be found on the ground
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

grfranc_20160513.mp3 mecranensis
(Muscat, Oman)
Contact call? (male) © MD

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