Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Swainson's Francolin (Francolinus swainsonii) - HBW 2, p. 500

French: Francolin de Swainson German: Swainsonfrankolin Spanish: Francolín de Swainson
Other common names: Swainson's Spurfowl

Taxonomy: Perdix Swainsonii A. Smith, 1836, Kurrichane, western Transvaal.
Forms superspecies with F. leucoscepus, F. rufopictus and F. afer, although present species sometimes excluded because of overlap with F. afer. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Pternistis with 23 other species. Several other races have been described, but doubtfully valid: damarensis, gilli and chobiensis all included in nominate swainsonii. Hybridizes with F. afer near Harare, NE Zimbabwe, and with F. natalensis in Bulawayo, SW Zimbabwe. Two subspecies recognize.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Perdix Swainsonii A. Smith, 1836, Kurrichane, western Transvaal.
Forms superspecies with F. leucoscepus, F. rufopictus and F. afer, although present species sometimes excluded because of overlap with F. afer. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Pternistis with 23 other species. Several other races have been described, but doubtfully valid: damarensis, gilli and chobiensis all included in nominate swainsonii. Hybridizes with F. afer near Harare, NE Zimbabwe, and with F. natalensis in Bulawayo, SW Zimbabwe. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lundazi C. M. N. White, 1947 - N & W Zimbabwe and S Mozambique.
  • swainsonii (A. Smith, 1836) - SE Angola, N Namibia and N Zambia S to NE South Africa (N Natal, Transvaal).