Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) - HBW 2, p. 489

French: Francolin gris German: Wachtelfrankolin 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.