- Pternistis nobilis
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
Two subspecies, chapini and ruandae are generally considered invalid.
Occurs from lower montane forest, through areas of bamboo to alpine heath.
The diet consists mainly of seeds.
- 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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Handsome Francolin. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 September 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Handsome_Francolin