Species Details

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Grey Francolin Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Francolinus pondicerianus
Family : Phasianidae
Order : Galliformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Grey Partridge, Indian Grey Partridge
Habitat : Dry grasslands, scrubs, farmlands and sand dunes.
Description : The Grey Francolin is a grey, ground-dwelling bird with round body, short legs and stub-tail (adult bird length approximately 33 cm, weight 275 g, wing 14.6 cm, bill 2.5 cm, tarsus 4 cm, tail 8.5 cm). It has buff, chestnut, grey-brown and dark brown barring on its upperpart and fine blackish-brown barring on the underparts. The swamp partridge breeds primarily from April to September, during which time they create hidden ground scrapes as nests. Occasionally, they may construct nests above ground level in niches within walls or rocks. The typical clutch consists of six to eight eggs, although larger clutches have been observed, possibly indicating intraspecific brood parasitism.

Their diet consists of seeds, grains, and insects, with a particular preference for termites and beetles, especially from the Tenebrionidae and Carabidae families. On occasion, they may also consume larger prey such as snakes.

For roosting, they gather in groups and seek out low thorny trees as their preferred locations.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Majbah Mishu,Bangladesh;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Yong Ding Li(www.xeno-canto.org/Yong Ding Li), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.