Black Francolin - Photo by USDA NRCS
also called Black Partridge, is a scarce breeding resident
and many other parts of India. This bird is found near
cultivation and wetlands. Black Francolin is the state bird of
Family: Phasianidae Hindi
Name: Kala Teetar Food: Grain, grass seeds, shoots,
Size 34 cm. The male is black
with white patch on the cheek, a chestnut collar and white spots on the flanks.
The back and wings are scalloped with shades of golden brown with sub-terminal
tawny-buff bands and pale edges. Tail is black with narrow white bars. Legs are
reddish-brown to red. Female similar to the male, but is paler, with wider brown
bars on the lower back, the white cheek patch is missing and the chestnut collar
replaced by a nuchal patch.