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Painted Spurfowl (female)
Painted Spurfowl (female)

The Painted Spurfowl is a bird of the pheasant family found in rocky hill and scrub forests mainly in peninsular India. Males are more brightly coloured and spotted boldly in white. Males have two to four spurs while females can have one or two of the spurs on their tarsus. They are found in the undergrowth in pairs or small groups, escaping by running and rarely taking to the wing when flushed.

The male has a black tail and ochre under parts that contrast with the darker upperparts. The plumage of the upper parts and the feathers has white spots edged with black. The head and neck of the male are black with a green sheen and finely spotted in white while the mantle, rump and wing coverts are chestnut. The female is much duller with a rufous brow and ear coverts. The throat is pale and spotted as in the male but the female lacks white spotting on the body. The bill and legs are dark grey, with two to four tarsal spurs on the male. Females can also have one or two spurs. The tail is sometimes carried upright.

The Painted Spurfowl is found in pairs or small family parties of up to 6 individuals and tends to stay in the undergrowth, rarely taking to flight. They feed on berries as well as insects and flowers and visit waterholes in the early morning. Courtship involves the male offering food held in the bill to the hen. The nest is a scrape in the ground lined with leaves often located below a boulder. The clutch is three to four, rarely five, pale creamy eggs. Only the female incubates, but both parents take care of the chicks.

The photograph is of a female Painted Spurfoul shot at Ranathambhore National Park one early morning with the light conditions were extremely poor for better photography.

Disclaimer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

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