Grey-striped Spurfowl (Pternistis griseostriatus)

The Grey-striped Spurfowl, also known as the Grey-breasted Spurfowl, is a small bird species found in several parts of Africa. They are members of the Phasianidae family, which is a family of terrestrial birds that includes pheasants, partridges, and quails.

Grey-striped Spurfowls are generally small, measuring about 24-26 centimeters in length and weighing 230-300 grams. The males and females look alike, but the males tend to be larger and have slightly longer spurs on their legs. They have a predominantly grey and brown plumage with distinctive black and white stripes on their faces and chests respectively.

These birds are found in a variety of habitats, including savannahs, shrublands, and woodlands, among others. They prefer areas with dense understory and are often found near water sources like rivers and streams. Although they are not migratory, Grey-striped Spurfowls tend to move around their habitats to find the best food sources.

Grey-striped Spurfowls are omnivorous, meaning they feed on both plants and animals. They mainly eat seeds, fruits, and insects, but also consume small reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. They scavenge for food by scratching the ground with their strong feet and using their sharp beaks to pick at insects.

In terms of behavior, the Grey-striped Spurfowl is usually seen in pairs or solitary. They are shy and elusive, often hiding among thick vegetation to avoid predators such as snakes and birds of prey. They are also territorial and will defend their nests vigorously.

During the mating season, males perform a courtship dance to attract females. They strut and jump around with their wings extended and make a series of calls to signal their readiness to mate. The male and female will then form a bond and build a nest in a concealed location on the ground. They usually lay around 3-4 eggs, which both parents will incubate for roughly three weeks.

In conclusion, the Grey-striped Spurfowl is a small and captivating bird that is native to various parts of Africa. Their unique plumage, dietary habits, and secretive behavior make them fascinating specimens to observe in the wild. Furthermore, they play a fundamental role in their ecosystem by helping to disperse seeds and controlling insect populations.

Other names

Pternistis griseostriatus



Grey-striped Spurfowl

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angolska jarebica

frankolín páskovaný


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Francolin à bandes grises


Francolino striegrigie


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szponiastonóg rudoplamy


Серополосый турач

Sivoprugasti frankolin

frankolínec čiarkový

Francolín angoleño

gråstrimmig sporrhöna

Kızıl Çizgili Turaç

турач західний

ruugefrankoliin (ruuge-frankoliinkana)