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Chinese Francolin
(Francolinus pintadeanus)

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Scientific Information

Other Names: Burmese Francolin, Chinese Partridge

Subspecies: F. p. pintadeanus - Southeastern China, Hainan Island; F. p. phayrei - India, Burma, Thailand and eastern Indochina.

Range: Southeastern China, India, Burma, Thailand and Eastern Indochina

Habitat: Grassy openings in the scrub and forests.

Brief Description: Rivals the Black Francolin as the most attractive Asian francolin, for which it bears some resemblance. Males have a white cheek-patch that extends beneath the eye and a white throat which is separated by a black bar; a black bar separates the white cheek-patch from a rufous stripe that extends above the eye to the back of the head; overall body plumage mottled black and white. Females similar to male, but duller and lack spurs.

Status in Wild: Locally common.


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