J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux, 1851,
Formerly placed in genus Excalfactoria or Coturnix. Sometimes considered a race of S. chinensis; differs in deep grey-blue central breast to belly with chestnut flanks vs chestnut central breast and belly with paler grey-blue flanks (3); extensive chestnut in wings vs little chestnut (3); significantly longer-winged (no measurements taken but evidently 2); female more strongly and extensively barred below (ns); female with less obvious clear pale supercilium (2). Monotypic.
Sub-Saharan Africa from Sierra Leone and S Mali E to NW Kenya, and S to Angola, Zimbabwe, Swaziland#R and E South Africa (S as far as KwaZulu-Natal); absent from W & WC African forests and C Tanzania.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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