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Monday, June 24, 2013

Natal Francolin

For some reason an idiot here decided that we now have to follow the American way of naming birds and have changed this species to Spurfowl instead of Francolin!!!! Why they think we should do so beats me and a whole lot of other birders I have spoken to!!


These birds make a lot of noise in the early evenings and dawn.



They are common in the northern and north-eastern areas and are found in small groups in all kinds of habitats.



Their food consists mainly of insects, fruit and seeds.

4 comments:

Firefly said...

This whole name change thing for birds is ridiculous

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Totally!! I agree with you Jonker.

Gaelyn said...

When I was trying to ID one of these Franklins/Spurfowls seen at West Coast NP it was very confusing.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

As Jonker says, the whole thing is ridiculous and very confusing to everyone. I wonder who the idiot was that decided on these changes as he/she is the only one who uses it. Everyone else I speak to still uses the old names.