Moorland Francolin
02 45 032 Francolinus psilolaemus psilolaemus
Scleroptila psilolaemus psilolaemus
Range Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Galliformes
Family Phasianidae
Genus Scleroptila
Species Scleroptila psilolaemus
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Moorland francolin (Scleroptila psilolaemus), is a species of francolin in the Phasianidae family.


The subspecies in the last two countries is sometimes known as the Elgon francolin. Compared to the nominate subspecies of Ethiopia, the Elgon francolin is brighter (more rufescent) and lacks black spots to the throat, leading to conflicting taxonomic treatments. Though most authorities maintain it as a subspecies of the moorland francolin, it been suggested that it is a species (Scleroptila elgonensis), a subspecies of the Shelley's francolin (Scleroptila shelleyi elgonensis), or even a hybrid between the moorland and red-winged francolins.


It is found in moorland in the highlands of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.

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