Djibouti Francolin, Tadjoura Francolin, Pale-bellied Francolin, Ochre-breasted Francolin

Djibouti Francolin, Tadjoura Francolin, Pale-bellied Francolin, Ochre-breasted Francolin

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Djibouti Francolin, Tadjoura Francolin, Pale-bellied Francolin, Ochre-breasted Francolin by Kathy Kleinsteiber
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
PHASIANIDAE
Order: 
GALLIFORMES
Genus: 
Pternistis
Species: 
ochropectus
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Dorst & Jouanin, 1952)
Synonyms: 
Francolinus ochropectus
Common names (Fre): 
Francolin de Tadi, Francolin somali
Common names (Spa): 
Francolin de Tajura
Medium: 
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
Artist Statement: 
The Djibouti Francolin is found only in the country of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. Its natural habitat is high altitude tropical dry juniper forests, but the juniper forests are dying due in part to climate change. The Djibouti Francolin population has decreased by 90 percent in 20 years, but efforts have been made to restore the forests and promotional campaigns in local schools have raised awareness of this species.