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 23 videos
Two birds feeding on the ground. Locality Naliya Grasslands, Kutch District, Gujarat, India (ssp interpositus)
Josep del Hoyo 15 February 2011 3 years ago 25 sec 3.4
Two birds walking under rain while calling simultaneously. Locality Moti Virani, Kutch District, Gujarat, India (ssp interpositus)
Josep del Hoyo 16 February 2011 3 years ago 32 sec 3.4
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
PhotosSee all 49 photos
Locality Bhavnagar District, Gujarat, India
Shantilal Varu 15 October 2014 19 weeks ago 4
A half grown chick
Locality Masinagudi, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India
vasanthan.p.j 1 May 2014 44 weeks ago 4
Locality Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India (ssp pondicerianus)
smurali 26 October 2013 1 year ago 4
An adult observing from a wall
Locality Pushkar, Ajmer District, Rajasthan, India
Laurige Boyer 10 March 2013 1 year ago 4
Perched on a bush
Locality Kutch District, Gujarat, India
jugal Tiwari 23 November 2009 4 years ago 4
Single bird in grass
Locality Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, India
Dave Irving 2 February 2014 21 weeks ago 3.9