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Streamside cover in bottom of gorges; visits adjoining cultivation. Compare Erckel’s (Plate 16), which occurs in vicinity of Harwood’s. 40 52 Adult male Much darker than Clapperton’s, lacking latter’s whitish throat and supercilium, is scaled rather than blotched below and has buff rear underparts. Text page 213 37b 37a 39 38a 38b 40 PLATE 15: MONTANE FRANCOLINS I These are large francolins with red bills and legs. They inhabit montane forests, extending above the treeline into the alpine heath zone.

The darkest race, with strong barring and orange throat. Adult (mecranensis; Pakistan, Iran) The palest race, throat almost whitish. ). Very localised in damp, terai grassland. Where habitat meets adjoining dry cultivation Grey also occurs in same areas. 22 36 All plumages similar. Large francolin with striped underparts and rufous throat. If flushed shows rufous tail like Grey, unlike Black, which has blackish tail. Text page 197 105a 105b 21b 80 21a 22 PLATE 7: ASIAN FRANCOLINS II 18 Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus Text page 193 S Asia from Turkey east to Assam (see text for introductions).

Except for tiny overlap with Black in Manipur, this is only francolin in its range. Two similar races. I I I I I I I I 18c 18b 18a 19b 19a 20b 20a PLATE 8: AFRICAN FRANCOLINS I 28 Ring-necked Francolin Francolinus streptophorus Text page 203 Very local, chiefly N Uganda but isolated population in Cameroon. Grassy hillsides with rocks. 28a 28b 27 Adult male Suggests Crested, but has yellow (not red) legs, barred (not spot–streaked) breast and has unmarked area of chestnut on head and neck. Crested in area of overlap lacks dark flank stripes of Ring-necked and often carries tail cocked.

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