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COQUI PARTRIDE (Peliperdix coqui)

Key Characteristics:

Coqui Partridge are the only South African partridge with conspicuous sexual dimorphism. The sharply contrasting yellowish-red head of the male and the reddish-cinnamon chest and white throat bordered by a narrow black band of the female, are clearly discernible even at a distance. The combination of brown wings with heavily barred black and white belly, in both sexes, distinguishes Conqui Partridge from all other partridge.

Habitat

Predominantly a bushveld or savanna species confined to the eastern parts of the country. Conqui Partridge are seldom found far from trees or larger shrubs although they do venture into adjacent grassland. Apparently not restricted by altitude or topography, they occur from sea level up to 2200 metres. Conqui Partridge avoid areas with uniform habitat such as homogeneous grassland or savanna. Their home range always appears to be in ecotone areas where there is a variety of areas of tall and short grass, clumps of trees or shrubs on a variety of soil types all within a radius of 300 metres. They will avoid areas which lack one of these components, such as those only comprising short grass or a uniform tree cover or only one soil type. The types of trees or shrubs in their home ranges appear to be unimportant and vary from broadleaved trees to Acacia to Protea veld and even to exotic trees and shrubs. Although they may be found in areas with black soil, these always boarder on red loam or sandy soils where a variety of tree types are established. They appear to be more tolerant of bunt than of overgrazed veld.

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