Crested francolin are the exception to the ‘francolin-spurfowl’ rule having the red legs of the spurfowl group and being prone to roosting in trees at night (not on the ground as other francolins do). It also tends to flee danger at a run into thick vegetation rather than being primarily flushed like other francolin. When it does take to the sky it flies low and weaves between the trees until out of sight. Its small size and rhythmical (although not musical) call make it a francolin. Crested francolin are especially territorial and the monogamous pair proclaim their turf by use of a duet that supposedly sounds like they’re saying ‘Beer and cognac… beer and cognac…beer and cognac’.

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