Friday, 7 March 2014

Crested Francolin

Crested Francolin Dendroperdix sephaena
Sanetti Plateau, Ethiopia
16 January 2014

     This species of francolin was the most commonly observed. It was widespread and not especially difficult to find. Despite its name its crest is hardly prominent.


  1. They must surely be related to quail or grouse? An attractive looking bird, especially in the toning vegetation. Is that frost on the ground or heavy dew?

    1. It is neither frost nor heavy dew although I can well see how you would draw that conclusion. The vegetation is a kind of chalky colour. A common garden plant used here is called Dusty Miller and if you are at all familiar with that, some of the vegetation on the plateau was about the same colour.

  2. It's funny but quail, grouse and suchlike don't really turn me on, but I must admit these are rather nice. What fantastic camouflage they have.

  3. Beautiful photos of this species.
    I wish you a very nice weekend,
    Greetings Irma

  4. Lovely birds and it is true that that type of vegetation looks like frost on the images!

  5. Beautiful flock of birds, greetings

  6. When you partridges his permanent Neit may be hard to find but I votrig year for the first time only seen one. Here there really is not much and where I live you never see them at all. I have already in-country travel, I want to see them :-) Beautiful colors they have.