Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Francolin (Peliperdix albogularis)


French: Francolin à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlfrankolin Spanish: Francolín gorjiblanco

Francolinus albogularis


, 1854,



Closely related to P. coqui and P. schlegelii. Isolated E race dewittei fairly distinctive (male with rufous breast patch more complete, chestnut on mantle reduced, female generally darker and more boldly marked); voice apparently unreported and in need of comparison with other taxa; may merit elevation to species rank#R. Doubtfully valid races meinertzhageni (E Angola and W Zambia) and gambagae (Ghana) included respectively in dewittei and buckleyi. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. albogularis (Hartlaub, 1854) – White-throated Francolin – Senegambia E to Ivory Coast.
  • P. a. buckleyi (Ogilvie-Grant, 1892) – E Ivory Coast E to Cameroon.
  • P. a. dewittei (Chapin, 1937) – Rufous-breasted Francolin – SE DRCongo, E Angola and adjacent NW Zambia.
  • Descriptive notes

    23–25 cm; 263–284 g. Distinguished from other members of the red-tailed group by unbarred chestnut and buff underparts. Female slightly smaller, has narrower... read more


    Advertising call similar to P. coqui but faster, a high-pitched strident “ter-ink-... read more


    Open, rolling savanna, especially disturbed areas, such as recently burned land, and along trails... read more

    Food and feeding

    A variety of insects, including grasshoppers and termites, and plant material, including grass seeds.


    Lays in Jun in Nigeria, Sept–Oct in Senegambia, and Oct–Dec in S DRCongo; presumably wet season in Ghana, where small young... read more


    Sedentary. Flies only when very pressed, preferring to escape by creeping through vegetation.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Widespread, occurring in suitable habitat throughout an area of more than 1,000,000 km²; considered safe by... read more

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-throated Francolin (Peliperdix albogularis). 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 on 9 April 2020).