Grey Francolin

(Francolinus pondicerianus)

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Francolinus pondicerianus

Francolinus pondicerianus
Photo by Dan Cowell

Scientific Information

Other Names: Hyderabadie Francolin, Grey Partridge

Subspecies: F. p. mecranensis, F. p. interpositus, F. p. pondicerianus.

Range: Southeastern Iran and Pakistan, throughout India to Bangladesh, northern Sri Lanka. Has been introduced northern Oman, the Hawaiian Islands, several islands in the Indian Ocean including Seychelles and Mauritius. Attempts have been made in the USA, but it is doubtful there are any sustainable populations.

Habitat: Grasslands and scrublands, also cultivated areas and near villiages.

Status in Wild: Considered by many to be the most common game bird in southwestern Asia and India.

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