Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) - HBW 2, p. 489
French: Francolin gris
Spanish: Francolín Gris
Other common names: Grey Partridge(!)
Taxonomy: Tetrao pondicerianus Gmelin, 1789, Pondicherry, India.
Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus retains only F. francolinus, present species, F. gularis, F. pictus and F. pintadeanus in Francolinus. Present species has been placed in monotypic genus Ortygornis. Population of Sri Lanka has been awarded separate race, ceylonensis, but usually included within nominate. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- mecranensis Zarudny & Härms, 1913 - SE Iran, Oman and S Pakistan.
- interpositus Hartert, 1917 - S Pakistan (E Sind) through Nepal to NE India (Bihar and W Bengal).
- pondicerianus (Gmelin, 1789) - S India and NW coast of Sri Lanka.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 21 videos
A bird walking and running on an arid slope Locality Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India (ssp interpositus)
Josep del Hoyo 21 January 2001 8 years ago 25 sec 3.4
Two birds feeding. Locality Mushrif Park, Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp mecranensis)
Yoel Jimenez 19 January 2012 2 years ago 20 sec 3.3
Several shots of two birds standing and running Locality Zubara Fort, Al Shamal, Qatar (ssp mecranensis)
Josep del Hoyo 15 May 2008 6 years ago 25 sec 3.3
A close-up of a bird on the ground Locality Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp mecranensis)
Eric Roualet 22 February 2008 6 years ago 15 sec 3.3
Birds shown giving different calls Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 April 2005 4 years ago 16 sec 3
A bird running away Locality Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp mecranensis)
Eric Roualet 22 February 2008 6 years ago 6 sec 3
PhotosSee all 43 photos
Perched on a bush
Locality Kutch District, Gujarat, India
jugal Tiwari 23 November 2009 4 years ago 4
here grey francolin's both eyelids are working
Locality Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
Jaysukh Parekh Suman 11 February 2012 2 years ago 3.9
Running around in the grassland
Locality Dwarka, Delhi, India
siddhartha 6 August 2013 1 year ago 3.9
Locality Bhuj, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
drpankajmaheria 2 February 2013 1 year ago 3.9
Locality Dubai Pivot Fields, Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp mecranensis)
Arthur Grosset 6 November 2010 36 weeks ago 3.8
Locality National Avian Research Center (NARC), Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates
Christophe Gouraud 21 March 2012 2 years ago 3.8