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
Several shots of two birds standing and running Locality Zubara Fort, Al Shamal, Qatar (ssp mecranensis)
Josep del Hoyo 15 May 2008 5 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 5 years ago 15 sec 3.3
Two birds walking under rain while calling simultaneously. Locality Moti Virani, Kutch District, Gujarat, India (ssp interpositus)
Josep del Hoyo 16 February 2011 2 years ago 32 sec 3.2
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 over an old lava field Locality Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands
Peter Fraser 24 August 2008 5 years ago 13 sec 3
A bird running away Locality Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp mecranensis)
Eric Roualet 22 February 2008 5 years ago 6 sec 3
PhotosSee all 34 photos
Locality Dubai Pivot Fields, Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp mecranensis)
Arthur Grosset 6 November 2010 14 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
Captive Male Grey Francolin ready for call
Locality Balochistan Province, Pakistan
mazarbaloch 6 March 2014 6 weeks ago 3.6
feeding on farm
Locality Thol Bird Sanctuary, Mehsana District, Gujarat, India
Jeel Bharat Patel 30 June 2013 40 weeks ago 3.6
Crossing the clearing near tall grasslands
Locality Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary, Jhajjar District, Haryana, India
sharad 26 February 2011 3 years ago 3.6
A bird among the grass
Locality The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp pondicerianus)
vasanthan.p.j 8 January 2010 4 years ago 3.5