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Handsome Francolin

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Photo © by Michael HooperRuhija National Park, Uganda, October 2018
Photo © by Michael Hooper
Ruhija National Park, Uganda, October 2018
Pternistis nobilis


[edit] Identification

33–35 cm (13-13¾ in)

  • Dark red brown plumage
  • Grey head
  • Red bill and legs
  • Brown iris
  • Bare red orbital skin
  • Rufous grey underparts

Sexes are similar (female is a little smaller than male)
Young birds have duller plumage

[edit] Distribution

Western Africa: eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: south-western Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in genus Francolinus.

Two subspecies, chapini and ruandae are generally considered invalid[2].

[edit] Habitat

Occurs from lower montane forest, through areas of bamboo to alpine heath.

[edit] Behaviour

The diet consists mainly of seeds.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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