Hartlaub's Spurfowl (Pternistis hartlaubi)

The Hartlaub's Spurfowl is a ground-dwelling bird that is found in the woodlands and grasslands of eastern and southern Africa. It is a medium-sized bird, growing up to 30cm in length and weighing around 450g. It has a reddish-brown plumage with prominent white spots and stripes on its wings and back. The male and female are similar in appearance, but the male is slightly larger than the female.

The Hartlaub's Spurfowl is a secretive and shy bird that is rarely seen in the wild. They are active during the day and spend most of their time on the ground, foraging for food. Their diet consists of a variety of insects, seeds, berries, and small invertebrates.

The breeding season of the Hartlaub's Spurfowl varies depending on their habitat, but it generally occurs between May and August. The male performs a mating display by puffing up his feathers and strutting around the female to attract her attention. The female will lay around 4-10 eggs in a nest that is usually hidden in tall grass or under a bush. The eggs are incubated by both parents for around 18 days before hatching.

The Hartlaub's Spurfowl faces a number of threats in the wild, including habitat loss and hunting. They are hunted for food and sport, which has led to a decline in their population in some areas. Additionally, the conversion of grasslands and woodlands into agriculture and urban areas has resulted in a reduction in suitable habitat for these birds.

Conservation efforts are underway to protect the Hartlaub's Spurfowl and its habitat. Organizations like the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are working towards better understanding the distribution and population trends of this species. They are also working with local communities to promote sustainable land use practices that protect the habitat of the Hartlaub's Spurfowl and other wildlife.

In conclusion, the Hartlaub's Spurfowl is a unique and fascinating bird species that plays an important role in the ecosystem. Efforts must be made to protect them and their habitat to ensure their survival for future generations.

Other names

Pternistis hartlaubi



Hartlaub's Spurfowl

francolí de Hartlaub



smeđouha jarebica

frankolín namibijský


Hartlaubs Frankolijn


Francolin de Hartlaub


Francolino di Hartlaub


kalninis frankolinas


szponiastonóg namibijski


Горный турач

Namibijski frankolin

frankolínec malý

Francolín de Hartlaub


Ak Kaşlı Turaç

турач намібійський

Klipfisant (Hartlaubfisant)

namiibia frankoliin (namiibia frankoliinkana)