Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Handsome Francolin (Francolinus nobilis) - HBW 2, p. 503

French: Francolin noble German: Edelfrankolin Spanish: Francolín Noble

Taxonomy: Francolinus nobilis Reichenow, 1908, Virunga Volcanoes, Zaire.
Forms superspecies with F. jacksoni, F. erckelii, F. ochropectus and F. castaneicollis. Has been separated in genus Oreocolinus. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Pternistis with 23 other species. Birds of Ruwenzori Mts have been ascribed to race chapini, but this race not generally accepted. Monotypic.

Distribution: SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to mountains of E Zaire.

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