Bird Families

Pternistis natalensis

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Pternistis is a genus of birds galliform, formerly classified in the group of turach of the partridge subfamily of the pheasant family. They are described as “partridge turachi” in the literature, basing their phylogenetic distribution outside the monophyletic population of true turachi. Its 23 species range across Sub-Saharan Africa. They are commonly known as turachi or spurfowl, but are closely related to the jungle bush quail, European stone partridge Alectoris and quail Coturnix... The species are strictly monogamous, remaining fused indefinitely. They provide most of their food by digging. Ptarmigans exist almost entirely on the roots, beans of pods and trees, tubers, seeds, feasting on the situation on termites, ants, locusts, flowers and fruits. Important predators are jackals, caracals, servals and birds of prey, as well as marabou storks and herons.

  • Scaly turach, Pternistis squamatus
  • Turach Ahanta, Pternistis ahantensis
  • Gray-striped turach, Pternistis griseostriatus
  • Hildebrandt's Turach, Pternistis hildebrandti
  • Double-spur prankster Pternistis bicalcaratus
  • Turach Heuglina, Pternistis icterorhynchus
  • Clapperton's Turach, Pternistis clappertoni
  • Harwood Turach, Pternistis harwoodi
  • Turach Svirstra, Pternistis swierstrai
  • Turach Mountain Cameroon, Pternistis camerunensis
  • Beautiful turach, Pternistis nobilis
  • Jackson's hooker, Pternistis jacksoni
  • Kashtanov dozing turach, Pternistis castaneicollis
  • Turach Djibouti, Pternistis ochropectus
  • Turach Erkel, Pternistis erckelii
  • spurfowl Hartlob, Pternistis hartlaubi
  • spurfowl with a red beak, Pternistis adspersus
  • Cape spurfowl, Pternistis capensis
  • Natal Spurfowl, Pternistis natalensis
  • spurfowl with a yellow neck, Pternistis leucoscepus
  • spurfowl with gray breasts, Pternistis rufopictus
  • Red-throated spurfowl, Pternistis afer
  • Swainson's spurfowl, Pternistis swainsonii

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  • First online 10 July 2007
  • Content changed 10 July 2007
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