Francolinus francolinus | black francolin

Introduced

Native to India, the black francolin was introduced to Hawaiʻi in 1959 as a gamebird. A little over a foot long, the male stands out with black feathers with white spots and white cheeks with a chestnut collar, while the female is brown with a rusty neck. Often in dry grasslands, they scare easily and hide from view and prefer running away rather than flushing.

Hotspots for black francolin

Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Coastal Wetland

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
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Kanahā Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary

Coastal Wetland

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Hosmer Grove (Haleakalā National Park)

Dry forest

Hosmer Grove
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Keāhole Point

Open Ocean

LookoutParking

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Coastal Wetland

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Honua‘ula Forest Reserve (Makāula -‘O‘oma section)

Wet forest

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Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Halapepe and ʻŌhiʻa Trails

Dry forestPasture and grasslands

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Waiki‘i (off Old Saddle Road)

Pasture and grasslands

Driving

Palila Forest Discovery Trail

Dry forest

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Pu‘u Huluhulu Trail

Dry forest

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