Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Double-spurred Francolin (Francolinus bicalcaratus) - HBW 2, p. 497

French: Francolin à double éperon German: Doppelspornfrankolin Spanish: Francolín Biespolado

Taxonomy: Tetrao bicalcaratus Linnaeus, 1766, Senegal.
Forms superspecies with F. clappertoni, F. icterorhynchus and F. harwoodi. Has been included in genus Chaetopus. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Pternistis with 23 other species. Several races proposed, but these are simply examples of both local and clinal variation within nominate bicalcaratus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ayesha Hartert, 1917 - W Morocco, from Rabat to Mogador.
  • bicalcaratus (Linnaeus, 1766) - Senegambia E to SW Chad and W Central African Republic.

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