Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Shelley's Francolin (Francolinus shelleyi) - HBW 2, p. 494

French: Francolin de Shelley German: Shelleyfrankolin Spanish: Francolín de Shelley

Taxonomy: Francolinus shelleyi Ogilvie Grant, 1890, Hartley Hills, Umfuli River, Zimbabwe.
Forms superspecies with F. psilolaemus and F. levaillantoides. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Scleroptila with F. streptophorus, F. finschi, F. levaillantii, F. africanus, F. psilolaemus and F. levaillantoides. Several other races have been described, but validity doubtful: uluensis, canidorsalis and sequestris all normally included within nominate shelleyi. Dubious race uluensis has alternatively been considered a race of F. africanus.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Francolinus shelleyi Ogilvie Grant, 1890, Hartley Hills, Umfuli River, Zimbabwe.
Forms superspecies with F. psilolaemus and F. levaillantoides. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Scleroptila with F. streptophorus, F. finschi, F. levaillantii, F. africanus, F. psilolaemus and F. levaillantoides. Several other races have been described, but validity doubtful: uluensis, canidorsalis and sequestris all normally included within nominate shelleyi. Dubious race uluensis has alternatively been considered a race of F. africanus. Race elgonensis of F. psilolaemus has been considered to belong to present species. Two subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • shelleyi Ogilvie Grant, 1890 - S Uganda and SW Kenya S through Tanzania, S Zambia, S Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to NE South Africa and Swaziland.
  • whytei Neumann, 1908 - SE Zaire, N Zambia and N Malawi.

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