Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Crested Francolin (Francolinus sephaena) - HBW 2, p. 493

French: Francolin huppé German: Schopffrankolin Spanish: Francolín Capirotado

Taxonomy: Perdix Sephaena A. Smith, 1836, Marico River and Limpopo River, western Transvaal.
Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Peliperdix with F. coqui, F. albogularis, F. schlegelii and F. lathami. Has been included with F. streptophorus in genus Dendroperdix. Race rovuma has been considered separate species, but hybridizes extensively with spilogaster in Kenya; this tendency has been attributed to destruction of habitat by humans. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • spilogaster Salvadori, 1888 - E Ethiopia, Somalia and NE Kenya.
  • grantii Hartlaub, 1866 - S Sudan and W Ethiopia S to NC Tanzania.
  • rovuma G. R. Gray, 1867 - Kenyan coast S to N Mozambique.

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  • spilogaster Salvadori, 1888 - E Ethiopia, Somalia and NE Kenya.
  • grantii Hartlaub, 1866 - S Sudan and W Ethiopia S to NC Tanzania.
  • rovuma G. R. Gray, 1867 - Kenyan coast S to N Mozambique.
  • zambesiae Mackworth Praed, 1920 - WC Mozambique W to NW Namibia and S Angola.
  • sephaena (A. Smith, 1836) - SE Botswana, SE Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and NE South Africa.