Food and Feeding Ecology of Double-spurred Francolin (Pternitis bicalcaratus Linn.) in Ekiti State, Nigeria

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O. C. Owolabi
A. I. Akinpelu

Abstract

Double-spurred francolin (Pternitis bicalcaratus) is a bird with wide range of economic importance. In spite of this, there has been no previous studies on food and feeding ecology of the species in Ekiti State, Nigeria. 150 (male 69, female 81) bird specimens were collected through hunters, the crop and gizzard contents were sorted. Thirty food species having plants and animal origins were recovered. Plant and animal matters constituted 93.22% and 6.2% respectively. Mann Whitney U- test showed that there was no significant difference in the consumption of plant matters among sexes (p> 0.05) but a significant difference in the consumption of animal matters among sexes (p< 0.05).

Keywords:
Double-spurred francolin, food and feeding preference, plant and animal matter, crop and gizzard contents.

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Owolabi, O. C., & Akinpelu, A. I. (2020). Food and Feeding Ecology of Double-spurred Francolin (Pternitis bicalcaratus Linn.) in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Asian Journal of Research in Zoology, 3(3), 7-14. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajriz/2020/v3i330091
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