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Stone Partridge
Stone Partridge (Ptilopachus petrosus)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Galliformes
Family Odontophoridae
Genus Ptilopachus

Ptilopachus is a genus of partridges in the Phasianidae family. As traditionally defined, only the stone partridge was included in this genus, but based on genetic evidence it now also includes the Nahan's partridge (formerly considered a francolin). The study also concludes that this genus is more closely related to the New World quails (Odontophoridae) and might be considered their only African representative, but some taxonomists still include this with the Phasianidae.

At about 25 centimetres (9.8 in) in length, both are relatively small, terrestrial birds with a red eye-ring, base of the bill and legs, and brownish upperparts.


Nahan's Partridge (Dubois, 1905) (Ptilopachus nahani)
Stone Partridge (Gmelin, 1789) (Ptilopachus petrosus)