Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Grey-striped Francolin (Pternistis griseostriatus)


Taxonomy

French: Francolin à bandes grises German: Graustreifenfrankolin Spanish: Francolín angoleño
Other common names: Grey-striped Spurfowl
Taxonomy:

Francolinus griseo-striatus

Ogilvie-Grant

, 1890,

Quanza River, northern Angola

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Probably closely related to P. ahantensis and P. squamatus; these three have sometimes been separated in genus Squamatocolinus. S population, supposedly larger and darker than N one, has been suggested as worthy of subspecific recognition#R, but differences considered invalid or non-existent#R#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

W Angola: from Bengo and Cuanza Norte S to S Benguela and extreme NW Huíla.

Descriptive notes

c. 29–33 cm; male 265–430 g, female 213–350 g. Head greyish brown, paler at sides, becoming more rufous-brown on forehead, neck-sides, hindneck, mantle,... read more

Voice

Poorly known until very recently. Territorial call ‘a very loud and crescendo blow “ff fffffffffff... read more

Habitat

Gallery forest and secondary forest in dense understorey, and dense thickets, but may also visit... read more

Food and feeding

Not well documented; small arthropods, shoots and seeds. Feeds in grass and abandoned cotton fields next to forest in early morning and... read more

Breeding

No information available.

Movements

Sedentary. Moves out from forest to feed in early morning and late afternoon. If alarmed, flies... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: insufficient information. Previously considered Near Threatened. Population most recently estimated at 7500–35,000... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Grey-striped Francolin (Pternistis griseostriatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53405 on 16 January 2018).