A. Smith, 1836,
Marico River and Limpopo River, western Transvaal, South Africa.
Following recent reorganization of Francolinus#R#R, present species was initially placed in a subgenus within genus Peliperdix; subsequently, Dendroperdix was elevated to full genus status#R. Believed to hybridize extensively with Pternistis swainsonii in Limpopo Province of N South Africa#R. Race rovuma has been considered a separate species, but differences from others are rather few and not great (underparts sparsely but entirely spotted, whereas spotting in other taxa stops at breast); it hybridizes extensively with spilogaster in Kenya, a tendency sometimes attributed to anthropogenic habitat loss. Additional proposed races are somaliensis (here included in spilogaster), schoanus, ochrogaster and delutescens (synonymized with grantii), jubaensis (subsumed within rovuma), thompsoni, chobiensis and mababiensis (in zambesiae) and zuluensis (in nominate). Some uncertainty about ranges of different races in Horn of Africa, with division between spilogaster and grantii in Ethiopia not known, and some suggestions that in Somalia grantii or rovuma or both may occur, whereas others place all Somalian populations in resurrected race somaliensis#R. Five subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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