Grey-breasted spurfowl

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Grey-breasted spurfowl
Pternistis rufopictus (Serengeti, 2009).jpg
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pternistis
P. rufopictus
Binomial name
Pternistis rufopictus
Reichenow, 1887
Grey-breasted spurfowl distribution map.svg
   geographic distribution

Francolinus rufopictus

The grey-breasted spurfowl or grey-breasted francolin (Pternistis rufopictus) is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found only in Tanzania.

The grey-breasted spurfowl was described by the German ornithologist Anton Reichenow in 1887 and given its current binomial name Pternistis rufopictus.[2] The specific epithet combines the Latin rufus meaning "red" and pictus meaning "painted".[3] A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2019 found that the grey-breasted spurfowl is sister to the red-necked spurfowl.[4] The species is monotypic: no subspecies are recognised.[5]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pternistis rufopictus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22678851A92791903. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678851A92791903.en. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  2. ^ Reichenow, Anton (1887). "Dr. Fischer's Ornithologische Sammlungen während der letzten Reise zum Victoria Njansa. Mit Benutzung der Tagebücher des Reisenden bearbeitet". Journal für Ornithologie (in German). 35: 38–78 [52]. doi:10.1007/BF02006981. S2CID 38796032.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 343. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Mandiwana-Neudani, T.G.; Little, R.M.; Crowe, T.M.; Bowie, R.C.K. (2019). "Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of African spurfowls Galliformes, Phasianidae, Phasianinae, Coturnicini: Pternistis spp". Ostrich. 90 (2): 145–172. doi:10.2989/00306525.2019.1584925. S2CID 195417777.
  5. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (2020). "Pheasants, partridges, francolins". IOC World Bird List Version 10.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 8 February 2020.

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