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 4 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 1 year ago 32 sec 3.2
Birds shown giving different calls Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 April 2005 3 years ago 16 sec 3
A bird running over an old lava field Locality Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands
Peter Fraser 24 August 2008 4 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 26 photos
A wet bird
Locality Tamil Nadu, India (ssp pondicerianus)
vasanthan.p.j 22 December 2009 3 years ago 3.5
Grey Francolin otherwise called Grey Partridge which inhabits the dry scrubby belt of the Nilgiris
vasanthan.p.j 14 April 2009 4 years ago 3.5
A bird on the ground
Locality Thengumarahada, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp Pondicerianus)
vasanthan.p.j 7 January 2012 1 year ago 3.4
a bird passing on a subhighway road
Locality Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, India
drshaileshdarjimd 24 March 2013 8 weeks ago 3.3
Fairly large bird, brown with characteristic stipes
Locality Muscat Governorate, Oman
David Dennison 8 September 2012 22 weeks ago 3.3
A bird on the ground.
Locality Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 20 October 1995 20 weeks ago 3.2