Cape Province, South Africa.
When placed in genus Francolinus present species was known as F. africanus, as name afer there preoccupied by taxon now known as Pternistis afer; with recent reorganization of genera#R, afer/afra becomes available for present species. Closely related to S. streptophora, S. levaillantii and S. finschi. S. psilolaema is sometimes treated as a race of present species, as also are N races (nominate and lorti) of S. gutturalis. E South African population described as race proxima, but doubtfully distinct. Monotypic.
South Africa from Western Cape NE to N Mpumalanga, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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