Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Caspian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caspius) - HBW 2, p. 482

French: Tétraogalle de Perse German: Kaspikönigshuhn Spanish: Perdigallo del Caspio

Taxonomy: Tetrao caspius S. G. Gmelin, 1784, Astarabad, northern Iran.
Has been included within a species group, the dark bellied snowcocks, with T. caucasicus and T. himalayensis. Population of Turkey and Armenia has been separated in different subspecies, tauricus, but doubtfully distict. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • caspius (S. G. Gmelin, 1784) - S & E Turkey through Armenia and NW Iran to S Transcaspia.
  • semenowtianschanskii Zarudny, 1908 - Zagros Mts, Iran.

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