Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Red-winged Francolin (Francolinus levaillantii) - HBW 2, p. 493

French: Francolin de Levaillant German: Rotflügelfrankolin Spanish: Francolín Alirrojo

Taxonomy: Perdix Levaillantii Valenciennes, 1826, Cape of Good Hope.
Forms superspecies with F. streptophorus, F. africanus and F. finschi. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Scleroptila with F. streptophorus, F. finschi, F. africanus, F. psilolaemus, F. shelleyi and F. levaillantoides. Population of N Malawi has been awarded separate race, crawshayi, but validity doubtful. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • kikuyuensis Ogilvie Grant, 1897 - Angola, Zambia, NE & E Zaire E to WC Kenya.
  • levaillantii (Valenciennes, 1826) - N Malawi and NE Zambia S to E South Africa.

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