A. Smith, 1833,
Durban, Natal, South Africa.
Has at times been placed in genus Chaetopus or in Notocolinus; latter name may alternatively represent a valid subgenus for this species, P. adspersus, P. capensis and P. hildebrandti#R. Within the francolins, present species was found to share certain syringeal characteristics only with P. capensis#R. Hybridizes with P. swainsonii in SW Zimbabwe; occasional hybridization with P. hildebrandti has been reported, as well as with P. adspersus in captivity#R. Geographical variation is rather small and poorly defined, and also clinal, its assessment further complicated by individual variation; form thamnobium (used for paler birds from drier areas in E of range) is considered untenable; this species is perhaps better treated as monotypic#R. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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