Seeing the Hartlaub’s Spurfowl for the first time

Hartlaub's-Spurfowl with Nature Travel Birding

There are few more evocative sounds in the wilds of Namibia than the kor-rack..keerya..keerya..kew of the elusive, boulder-loving Hartlaub’s Spurfowl. This beautiful, monotypic, near-endemic gamebird is one of Namibia’s top targets for listers from all over the world, and not easy to see! We just had to share one of our client’s experiences with you:

“Seeing the Hartlaub’s Spurfowl for the first time is a magical experience and a privilege not easily described in words. My first sighting of a Hartlaub’s Spurfowl was such an experience and something I will never forget!

We set off for a late afternoon walk at Erongo Wildnerness Lodge and searched the boulders surrounding the lodge for any movement, listening for any telltale calls of the spurfowl. Just before sunset, we spotted some movement on a big boulder on one of the walking trails and then heard the unmistakable call of the Hartlaub’s Spurfowl. What a privilege to see 3 of these birds, one male and two females. They entertained us with loud calling and fighting until it was too dark to see them any more and we had to return to the lodge.”

Hartlaub's-Spurfowl with Nature Travel Birding

Certainly one of the best experiences on our Namibia Endemics tour and a such a special sighting!

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