Red-necked Spurfowl

Pternistis afer

With 5 subspecies in southern Africa, this species has the most number of variations amongst the spurfowls. Its bare red face and throat and red legs distinguishes it from other species.

We first recorded the “afer” subspecies in July 2013 along the Kunene River in northern Namibia, while our first sighting of the “castaneiventer” subspecies took place in March 2013 while spending a long weekend at Giants Castle in the central Drakensberg.


Red-necked Spurfowl / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Red-necked Spurfowl / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Red-necked Spurfowl / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Red-necked Spurfowl (Afer) / Kunene, Northern Namibia Red-necked Spurfowl / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Red-necked Spurfowl (Afer) / Kunene, Northern Namibia Red-necked Spurfowl / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Red-necked Spurfowl – juvenile / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Red-necked Spurfowl / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Red-necked Spurfowl (Afer) / Kunene, Northern Namibia Red-necked Spurfowl – juvenile / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Red-necked Spurfowl (Afer) / Kunene, Northern Namibia
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