Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Harlequin Quail (Coturnix delegorguei) - HBW 2, p. 509

French: Caille arlequin German: Harlekinwachtel Spanish: Codorniz Arlequín

Taxonomy: Coturnix delegorguei Delegorgue, 1847, Oury, Upper Limpopo River, Transvaal.
Forms superspecies with C. coromandelica. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • arabica Bannerman, 1929 - S Arabia.
  • delegorguei Delegorgue, 1847 - Ivory Coast to Ethiopia and S to South Africa (E Cape Province), excluding forest belt and arid SW Africa; apparently only migrant to W Africa.
  • histrionica Hartlaub, 1849 - São Tomé, Gulf of Guinea.

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