A. Smith, 1836,
Kurrichane, western Transvaal (North West Province), South Africa.
Has been thought to be close to P. leucoscepus, P. rufopictus and P. afer. One genetic study indicated that present species and P. afer are each other’s closest relatives, although the other two species (P. leucoscepus, P. rufopictus) were not sampled#R. Syringeal characteristics partially substantiate this arrangement#R. Hybridizes with P. afer in NE Zimbabwe (near Harare) and with P. natalensis in SW Zimbabwe (Bulawayo); suspected of hybridizing also with Dendroperdix sephaena in Limpopo Province of N South Africa#R. Name cooperi refers to a hybrid between present species and P. afer#R. Geographical variation slight, and several additional described races are considered doubtfully valid: damarensis (Waterberg, in NC Namibia), gilli (N Namibia to W Zambia and N Botswana) and chobiensis (NE Botswana to W Mozambique) all included in nominate swainsonii. Two subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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