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Description - Male: 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.
Description - Female: Females similar to male, but duller and lack spurs.
Status in Captivity: Unknown; was once seen (like other francolins) in American aviaries, but has since disappeared. The last record I could find was an article in an early 1980s issue of the Gazette regarding some new lines imported.
Rather the following be a false rumor or the truth, it is a troubling
statement and I heard from a reputable source. In the many years of research
and networking for this site and my own collection, I often would ask long-time
breeders about "lost" species such as the Chinese Francolin. In 2004, a
well-known North American pheasant keeper mentioned to me that he knew of
another well-known breeder (the name was not given to me in the conversation)
that had reared many Chinese Francolin, but was "unable to get the right
price" for the offspring and "would rather knock them in the head". I was
told that he still has several in his freezer. I was shocked at the statement,
but such an attitude is extremely prevalent in aviculture and this species
may be lost in American aviculture thanks to this sheer disregard for conservation aviculture.
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