Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Ahanta Francolin (Francolinus ahantensis) - HBW 2, p. 495

French: Francolin d'Ahanta German: Ahantafrankolin Spanish: Francolín de Ahanta

Taxonomy: Francolinus ahantensis Temminck, 1851, Ahanta, Ghana.
Forms superspecies with F. squamatus and F. griseostriatus; these three have been separated in genus Squamatocolinus. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Pternistis with 23 other species. W populations have been awarded separate race, hopkinsoni, but variation is clinal and subspecific status not warranted. Monotypic.

Distribution: Occurs in three discrete areas in W Africa: W Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and N Guinea; S Guinea, Sierra Leone and W Liberia; and NE Ivory Coast E to SW Nigeria.

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