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Nahan's Partridge
02 46 038 Francolinus nahani
Common Name Nahan's Francolin
Range northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and western Uganda.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Galliformes
Family Odontophoridae
Genus Ptilopachus
Species Ptilopachus nahani
Conservation Status

The Nahan's partridge (Ptilopachus nahani), also known as the Nahan's francolin, is a species of partridge traditionally placed in the Phasianidae family. 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 and together may in fact be the only African representatives of the New World quails (Odontophoridae).

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.

This endangered species is found in rainforest in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and western Uganda. It is threatened by habitat loss and hunting.