French: Francolin perlé German: Perlfrankolin Spanish: Francolín chino
Subspecies and Distribution
F. p. phayrei
(Blyth, 1843) – NE India (S Manipur) E through Myanmar to Vietnam, Cambodia and W & S Thailand.
F. p. pintadeanus
(Scopoli, 1786) – SE China from Yunnan E through S Guizhou, Guangxi, Hainan I and Guangdong to Zhejiang.
c. 31–34 cm; male 284–397 g, female c. 310 g. Male differs from other spotted francolins by thin black malar stripe and lack of subterminal buff bands on... read more
Very noisy in breeding season. Male utters advertising call from prominent post or stump, a series... read more
Dry, open forest and scrub, grassland and margins of cultivated areas; low oak scrub in Himalayan... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, shoots and insects. Most active early morning and evening, and although small coveys usually forage in cover they readily enter... read more
Lays Mar–Sept in S Asia; Mar–Apr in S Myanmar, but nests reported in Sept–Oct. Nest a lined scrape in ground amongst... read more
Sedentary. When hard-pressed, will fly into tree to perch.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Very widely distributed, occurring in suitable habitat in an area larger than 2,000,000 km² in size. Very few... read more
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