restricted access Spurfowl and guineafowl
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The Swainson’s Spurfowl is highly dependent upon water, so if you are looking for one check the dams or rivers in the early morning or late evening. Swainson’s Spurfowl L: 33–38 cm (13–15") Spurfowl are rounded, chicken-like ground birds in the francolin group . This is a large, brown species, with some darker streaks, black legs, and distinctive bare red facial skin and throat patch . It is common in Kruger, and bold and conspicuous, standing on open branches and termite mounds to give its loud “kreeeeetkreeeeet -kreeeet” call in the early morning and at dusk . Spurfowl and guineafowl 64 Helmeted Guineafowl L: 53–60 cm (21–24") Guineafowl are large-bodied, small-headed, slaty-grey ground birds, adorned with perfect rows of hundreds of white spots . The Helmeted Guineafowl has a distinctive head, with naked warty blue-and-red facial skin and a strange, upstanding, bone-like casque . Young birds are all-brown, and almost always in the company of adults . The darker Crested Guineafowl (page 164) lacks a casque and is mostly found in the far north of the park . Helmeted Guineafowl is a common to abundant resident, with large flocks roaming the bush, digging and scratching for invertebrates and tubers to eat . Birds often behave erratically, charging around making loud, harsh “kek-kek-kek-kraaaaaaah” alarm calls . Males frequently fight, charging at each other with their head lowered and wings raised . BIRDS OF PLAINS AND OPEN WOODLANDS 65 ...