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 28 videos
A pair foraging and preening Locality Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp mecranensis)
Eric Roualet 22 February 2008 7 years ago 25 sec 3.7
Family running and calling Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2006 5 years ago 26 sec 3.7
A bird looking for insects in a pile of dung beside a road. Locality Chambal River Lodge, Chambal River, Uttar Pradesh, India (ssp interpositus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 February 2008 6 years ago 16 sec 3.6
A bird running over an old lava field Locality Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands
Peter Fraser 24 August 2008 6 years ago 13 sec 3.5
One out of two birds foraging around. Locality Mushrif Park, Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp mecranensis)
Yoel Jimenez 19 January 2012 3 years ago 15 sec 3.4
Two birds feeding on the ground. Locality Naliya Grasslands, Kutch District, Gujarat, India (ssp interpositus)
Josep del Hoyo 15 February 2011 4 years ago 25 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 59 photos
Grey Francolin are resident breeding species in UAE and are commonly recirded in Al Wathba.
Locality Al Wathba Lake, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates
shahidbk 1 July 2013 20 weeks ago 4
Locality Bhavnagar District, Gujarat, India
Shantilal Varu 15 October 2014 1 year ago 4
A half grown chick
Locality Masinagudi, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India
vasanthan.p.j 1 May 2014 1 year ago 4
Locality Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India (ssp pondicerianus)
smurali 26 October 2013 2 years ago 4
An adult observing from a wall
Locality Pushkar, Ajmer District, Rajasthan, India
Laurige Boyer 10 March 2013 2 years ago 4
Perched on a bush
Locality Kutch District, Gujarat, India
jugal Tiwari 23 November 2009 5 years ago 4
SoundsSee all 8 recordings
Calls by two birds given while taking off to fly away. Locality Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
Josep del Hoyo 17 February 2011 4 years ago 3.3
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One evening I saw loud noise and I saw quail like birds ready to roost. Locality Vastral, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, India
ChiefRedEarth 8 September 2015 5 weeks ago 0