Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Erckel's Francolin (Francolinus erckelii) - HBW 2, p. 504

French: Francolin d'Erckel German: Erckelfrankolin Spanish: Francolín de Erckel

Taxonomy: Perdix erckelli Rüppell, 1835, Taranta Mountains, Ethiopia.
Forms superspecies with F. jacksoni, F. nobilis, F. castaneicollis and F. ochropectus. Has been separated in genus Oreocolinus. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Pternistis with 23 other species. Proposed race pentoni not considered valid. Monotypic.

Distribution: N Ethiopia, including Eritrea; also Red Sea Province, Sudan. Introduced to Hawaii.