Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Coqui Francolin (Francolinus coqui) - HBW 2, p. 490

French: Francolin coqui German: Coquifrankolin Spanish: Francolín Coqui

Taxonomy: Perdix Coqui A. Smith, 1836, near Kurrichane, Transvaal.
Forms superspecies with F. albogularis and F. schlegelii; latter has been considered a race of present species. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Peliperdix with F. albogularis, F. schlegelii, F. lathami and F. sephaena. Many other races have been described, but are currently considered doubtfully valid: buckleyi included in spinetorum; thikae in maharao; and campbelli, vernayi, hoeschianus, angolensis, kasaicus and ruandae<.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Perdix Coqui A. Smith, 1836, near Kurrichane, Transvaal.
Forms superspecies with F. albogularis and F. schlegelii; latter has been considered a race of present species. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Peliperdix with F. albogularis, F. schlegelii, F. lathami and F. sephaena. Many other races have been described, but are currently considered doubtfully valid: buckleyi included in spinetorum; thikae in maharao; and campbelli, vernayi, hoeschianus, angolensis, kasaicus and ruandae in nominate coqui. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • spinetorum Bates, 1928 - W Africa.
  • maharao W. L. Sclater, 1927 - Ethiopia, Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • hubbardi Ogilvie Grant, 1895 - W & S Kenya S to Mwanza Province, Tanzania, and E to Kitui.
  • coqui (A. Smith, 1836) - NW Uganda S through Zaire and C Tanzania to C South Africa.