Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Moorland Francolin (Francolinus psilolaemus) - HBW 2, p. 494

French: Francolin montagnard German: Hochlandfrankolin Spanish: Francolín Etíope
Other common names: Montane/Shoa Francolin; Elgon Francolin (elgonensis)

Taxonomy: Francolinus psilolaemus G. R. Gray, 1867, Shoa, Ethiopia.
Forms superspecies with F. shelleyi and F. levaillantoides. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Scleroptila with F. streptophorus, F. finschi, F. levaillantii, F. africanus, F. shelleyi and F. levaillantoides. Has been considered conspecific with F. africanus. Other races have been described, but validity doubtful: ellenbecki included in nominate psilolaemus; and theresae in elgonensis. Race elgonensis has been considered separate species.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Francolinus psilolaemus G. R. Gray, 1867, Shoa, Ethiopia.
Forms superspecies with F. shelleyi and F. levaillantoides. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Scleroptila with F. streptophorus, F. finschi, F. levaillantii, F. africanus, F. shelleyi and F. levaillantoides. Has been considered conspecific with F. africanus. Other races have been described, but validity doubtful: ellenbecki included in nominate psilolaemus; and theresae in elgonensis. Race elgonensis has been considered separate species, or race of F. shelleyi. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • psilolaemus G. R. Gray, 1867 - Ethiopia.
  • elgonensis Ogilvie Grant, 1891 - E Uganda to C Kenya.

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