Black Francolin

A Black Francolin in Hawaii
A Black Francolin in Hawaii

There are three kinds of francolins that can be found in Hawaii. In the 10 years I’ve lived here I’ve seen and photographed lots of Gray Francolins, the most common and loudest of the bunch. I’ve also got several photos of Erckel’s Francolins, which are noticeably larger than the other two. But though I’ve seen a fair number of Black Francolins, which have distinctive markings, I’ve never got a photo of one before.

It’s not that they’re rare – I see them fairly regularly – but I only ever seem to see them while I’m driving. By the time I stop the car, grab the camera, and get out, the francolin is long gone.

But last week, while I was at work, I looked out of the window and saw this bird ambling across what passes for a lawn here. I snagged my camera, ran outside and started taking photos. In the top one, the bird is about to leave the open area and head into scrubby grassland. It gave me the eye at a couple of points, and then headed away and out of sight. And, yes, the brown stalks are grass. This area gets very little rainfall, and it’s been exceptionally dry here as well.

A Black Francolin in Hawaii

6 thoughts on “Black Francolin

    1. Graham Post author

      To be honest, I don’t pay too much attention to weather forecasts, short or long term. They’re mostly wrong here and the weather varies so much around the state. Not sure why it’s been so dry. Possibly just weaker than usual trades.


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