Nahan's Partridge

Nahan's Partridge
Nahan's Partridge[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Perdicinae
Genus: Ptilopachus
Species: P. nahani
Binomial name
Ptilopachus nahani
(Dubois, 1905)

Francolinus nahani
Pternistis nahani

The Nahan's Partridge[1] (Ptilopachus nahani), also known as the Nahan's Francolin, is a bird in the Phasianidae family. This endangered species is found in rainforest in northeastern DR Congo and western Uganda,[3] and it is threatened by habitat loss and hunting.[2] As suggested by its alternative name, it was formerly believed to be a francolin and placed either in Francolinus or Pternistis, but it is now known that its closest relative is the Stone Partridge.[4][5] At about 25 centimetres (9.8 in) in length, the Nahan's Partridge is a relatively small, terrestrial bird with a red eye-ring, legs and base of the bill, brownish upperparts, and black-and-white underparts and head.[3]


  1. ^ a b Gill, F, & Donsker, D. eds. (2010). IOC World Bird Names. Version 2.7. Accessed 15 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b BirdLife International (2008). "Francolinus nahani". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b McGowan, P. J. K. (1994). Nahan's Francolin (Francolinus nahani). Pp. 497 in: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., & Sargatal, J. eds. (1994). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 2. New World Vultures to Guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelon. ISBN 84-87334-15-6
  4. ^ Crowe, T. M., Bowie, R.C.K., Bloomer, P., Mandiwana, T.G., Hedderson, T.A.J., Randi, E., Pereira, S., & Wakeling, J. (2006). Phylogenetics, biogeography and classification of, and character evolution in, gamebirds (Aves: Galliformes): Effects of character exclusion, data partitioning and missing data. Cladistics 22: 495-532.
  5. ^ Crowe, T. (2010). Phylogenetic affinities of enigmatic African galliforms: the Stone Partridge Ptilopachus petrosus and Latham's and Nahan's 'Francolins' Francolinus lathami and F. nahani. Cladistics 26: 206-206. (Abstract).

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