Northern Black Korhaan

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Identification:

Length 50 cm, mass 500-952 g, males slightly larger than females.
Adult male:
Head black with white cheek patches and brown crown. Neck and under parts black; the white collar on the mantle extends to the sides of the upper breast. The back is barred black and brown. The folded wing shows a broad white lower edge; otherwise barred black and brown. In flight, the primaries show white bases. The bill is red with a grey tip; the eyes are brown with a red eye-ring; and the legs are yellow.
Adult female:
Similar to the adult male, but with a brown head, neck and breast (crown and neck barred black), and without the wite mantle collar.

Habitat:

Mainly grassland (with perennial grasses 0.5-1.0 m tall) with or without scattered trees. Also cultivated lands and pastures.

Behaviour:

Mostly sedentary and usually solitary. Males display by calling in flight and on the ground.

Diet:

Forages close to the ground while walking; eats invertebrates, small reptiles, seeds and fruit.

Breeding:

Polygynous; both males and females defends their own territories against others of their own sex. One to three eggs are laid on the ground year-round, but mainly September to March. The female incubates the eggs and cares for the young.

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