Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Chestnut-naped Francolin (Francolinus castaneicollis) - HBW 2, p. 504

French: Francolin à cou roux German: Braunnackenfrankolin Spanish: Francolín Cuellicastaño
Other common names: Ethiopian Francolin (atrifrons)

Taxonomy: Francolinus castaneicollis Salvadori, 1888, Lake Ciar Ciar (= Chercher), Hararghe, Ethiopia.
Lake Ciar Ciar (= Chercher), Hararghe, Ethiopia Forms superspecies with F. jacksoni, F. nobilis, F. erckelii and F. ochropectus. Has been separated in genus Oreocolinus. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Pternistis with 23 other species. Several other races have been described, but validity doubtful: bottegi, ogoensis, kaffanus, and gofanus all included in nominate castaneicollis. Race atrifrons has been considered to be specifically distinct. Two subspecies.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Francolinus castaneicollis Salvadori, 1888, Lake Ciar Ciar (= Chercher), Hararghe, Ethiopia.
Lake Ciar Ciar (= Chercher), Hararghe, Ethiopia Forms superspecies with F. jacksoni, F. nobilis, F. erckelii and F. ochropectus. Has been separated in genus Oreocolinus. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Pternistis with 23 other species. Several other races have been described, but validity doubtful: bottegi, ogoensis, kaffanus, and gofanus all included in nominate castaneicollis. Race atrifrons has been considered to be specifically distinct. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • castaneicollis Salvadori, 1888 - Ethiopia and Somalia.
  • atrifrons Conover, 1930 - S Ethiopia and extreme N Kenya.

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