Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Yellow-necked Francolin (Francolinus leucoscepus) - HBW 2, p. 499

French: Francolin à cou jaune German: Gelbkehlfrankolin Spanish: Francolín Gorgiamarillo
Other common names: Yellow-necked Spurfowl

Taxonomy: Francolinus leucoscepus G. R. Gray, 1867, Ethiopia.
Forms superspecies with F. rufopictus, F. afer and F. swainsonii. Recently proposed reorganization of Francolinus places present species in genus Pternistis with 23 other species. Various races proposed, but variation clinal and validity dubious; infuscatus sometimes accepted. Hybridizes with F. rufopictus on edge of range in Tanzania. Monotypic.

Distribution: SE Sudan E through Ethiopia to Somalia, and S to NE Uganda, C Kenya and NC Tanzania.