Grey Francolin found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name: Francolinus pondicerianus
Kingdom : Animal
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Galliformes
Family : Phasianidae
Subfamily : Perdicinae
Genus : Francolinus
Species : F. pondicerianus
How to identify this bird:
- Grey Francolin is a plump bird about 33 cms long.
- It is a greyish-brown game bird.
- It has finely barred upper parts with shaft streaking and finely barred underparts.
- It is stub-tailed
- It has a rufous buff throat with fine dark necklace (the buff is enclosed by circular broken blackish line). See the photos in the photo gallery above.
- Both male and female are similar but the female does not have spurs whereas the male has a pointed spur on both the legs. Try to identify this in the photogallery above.
Where do I find this bird:
- The Grey Francolin is found near DPS Tapi in the dry fields and sometimes crossing the roads.
- It is generally found near the village cultivations and in dry, open grass or in thorny scrubs.
- It commonly avoids heavy forest and humid watery places. But occasionally like in the photo gallery above you may see it was near a wet field.
- They are found in pairs or in coveys (small flocks).
- The feed by scratching the ground or cattle dung for seeds, grain, termites and other insects.
- Male often calls from a vantage point with a rapidly repeated khateeja- khateeja- khateeja or pateela-pateela and the female responds with a more simpler and less noisy sound.
- It is mainly found on the ground but roosts on trees such as babul.
- Grey Francolin normally uses its legs to run away to escape from people and is a very fast runner.
- It flies swiftly with a few rapid beats of its rounded wings, followed by a short glide.
- It nests all round the year by making a grass lined nest in a ploughed field or grassland.
Hindi : Safed tentar
Marathi : Chittur
Telugu : Kawanga
Kannada : Gowjal hakki
Malayalam : Kozhi kata
Tamil : Kondari, Kauthari