Double-spurred Spurfowl (Pternistis bicalcaratus)

The Double-spurred Spurfowl is a bird that is native to the forests and grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa. This bird is a medium-sized game bird that is known for its distinctive markings and behavior. The Double-spurred Spurfowl is also known as the Natal Francolin, and belongs to the family Phasianidae, which includes other birds such as pheasants, partridges, and quail.

The Double-spurred Spurfowl is a beautiful bird that is easily recognized due to its plumage. The bird is mostly brown in color, with black, white, and reddish-brown patches on its body. The bird has two spurs on its legs, which are used for defense and for establishing dominance. The bird also has a distinctive call, which is a loud, harsh croak that can be heard from a distance.

The behavior of Double-spurred Spurfowl is also fascinating. These birds prefer to live in groups, and their preferred habitat is near the edge of the forest. They are known to be ground feeders, and their diet consists mainly of seeds, insects, and small animals that they can find on the ground. They are also known to take dust baths, which help them to keep their feathers clean and free of parasites.

The breeding season of Double-spurred Spurfowl is between October and March. During this time, the male birds display their dominance by strutting and calling loudly, and by fighting with other males. The female birds lay their eggs in a shallow depression on the ground, and the chicks hatch after about 24-26 days. The chicks are precocial, which means that they are able to leave the nest and start feeding themselves almost immediately after hatching.

The Double-spurred Spurfowl is a popular game bird in parts of Africa, and is hunted for sport and for food. Conservation efforts are being made to protect this species, which is threatened by habitat loss and hunting. The Double-spurred Spurfowl is a beautiful and fascinating bird, and it is important that we continue to work to preserve this species in the wild.

Other names

Pternistis bicalcaratus



Double-spurred Spurfowl

francolí de doble esperó



dvoostruga jarebica

frankolín dvouostruhý

Stribet Frankolin

Barbarijse Frankolijn


Francolin à double éperon


Francolino bisperonato


dvipentinis frankolinas


szponiastonóg zbrojny


Двушпоровый турач

Dvoostrugasti frankolin

frankolínec dvojostrohý

Francolín biespolado

marockansk sporrhöna

Çift Mahmuzlu Turaç

турач двошпоровий

savannifrankoliin e.savanni-frankoliinkana

sarkantyús frankolin


divpiešu frankolins


ostrožni frankolin