Study With Safari Guides in Botswana
What guides should know:
This is the least likely of our Okavango francolin and spurfowl to alert safari guides to the presence of predators because of their shy and retiring nature. The crested francolin is our most striking francolin and usually occurs in coveys of 4-6 birds. They are often preyed upon by hawk-eagles, black sparrowhawk and Wahlberg’s eagle when venturing out of the thickets to feed.
The heavily streaked body and bold white supercillium renders this francolin unmistakable.
Distribution in Botswana:
Most abundant along the Okavango/Chobe and the Limpopo river systems with lower densities through eastern and central Botswana. Absent from the very dry south-west.