Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Udzungwa Forest-partridge (Xenoperdix udzungwensis) - HBW 2, p. 514

French: Xénoperdrix de Tanzanie German: Udzungwawachtel Spanish: Perdiz de Udzungwa

Taxonomy: Xenoperdix udzungwensis Dinesen et al., 1994, Ndundulu Mountains, in Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania.
Originally thought to be an aberrant species of forest francolin, but extensive taxonomic study indicates that present species is probably most closely related to the Asiatic genus Arborophila; significant similarities include pattern of underwing coverts, scaling on rear part of tarsus, several general plumage features, tree roosting habit and whistling calls. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Tanzania, where occurs in two areas within Udzungwa Mts: Ndundulu Mts and Nyumbanitu Mts.

  • Endangered
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