Handsome Spurfowl (Pternistis nobilis)

The Handsome Spurfowl is a species of bird found primarily in the African continent. It is a member of the Phasianidae family, which includes other notable birds such as pheasants, quails, and partridges. The Handsome Spurfowl is known for its elegant appearance, with a sleek and slender body, intricate feather patterns, and striking colors.

The Handsome Spurfowl is a medium-sized bird that can grow up to 35 centimeters in length and weigh between 400 to 500 grams. It has a distinctive head with a small black crest, red eyes, and a bright red wattle that runs from its beak to its neck. Its body is covered in a mix of black and white feathers, with some birds having more white feathers than others. Its most notable feature is a pair of small, horn-like spurs on its legs, from which it gets its name.

The Handsome Spurfowl is found in savannahs and grassland habitats throughout Africa. It can be found in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. It is a ground-dwelling bird that spends most of its time foraging for food, which consists of seeds, fruits, insects, and small mammals. It is also known to scratch the ground for food, with its sharp claws making it easier to dig.

The Handsome Spurfowl is a monogamous bird, with males and females forming long-term pairs. During the breeding season, the male will perform a courtship display to attract a female. This display involves fluffing up its feathers, spreading its wings, and emitting a deep booming sound. Once the pair has mated, the female will lay a clutch of eggs in a nest made on the ground. Both the male and female will take turns incubating the eggs and caring for the chicks once they hatch.

The Handsome Spurfowl faces threats from habitat loss, hunting, and competition with introduced species. However, it is not currently considered a threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Handsome Spurfowl is a beautiful and fascinating bird, with its distinctive features and behavior making it a fascinating part of African wildlife.

Other names

Pternistis nobilis



Handsome Spurfowl

francolí noble



sivoglava jarebica

frankolín ugandský




Francolin noble


Francolino magnifico


puošnusis frankolinas


szponiastonóg ciemny


Угандский турач

Ugandski frankolin

frankolínec kráľovský

Francolín noble

rostbukig sporrhöna

Küçük Bambu Turacı

турач угандійський

ruanda frankoliin (ruanda frankoliinkana)