Northern Black Korhaan – Afrotis afraoides
Birds that are small enough to fly, but prefers to stay on the ground, have always amused me. I have never quite understood this. According to my Roberts Bird Guide, they can be distinguished from the Southern Black Korhaan when in flight. But to be honest – I’ve just seen these birds on the ground and rely on my photos to identify them.
The male and female birds differ quite a bit with the female having barred upper parts, a plain neck and a bright yellow legs. They are rather common birds and are mostly found as single birds.
The Northern Black Korhaan enjoys arid and semi-arid savanna and grassland but will also hunt in agricultural fields for food. They are omnivorous and enjoy insects, small reptiles but will also settle for seeds.
They have a rather interesting call described as a loud kraak-kraak on the ground. In flight they apparently make a lot of faster notes.
Of all the birds I have described over the last few months, they are the first ones to be polygynous and they lay their nests on the ground.
Alternative Name: White-quilled Korhaan.
Source: Robert’s Bird Guide, 2007
Photo: Copyright emdt.photography