Jackson's spurfowl

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Jackson's spurfowl
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pternistis
P. jacksoni
Binomial name
Pternistis jacksoni
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   geographic distribution

Francolinus jacksoni

Jackson's spurfowl or Jackson's francolin (Pternistis jacksoni) is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found in Kenya and Uganda. Its preferred habitats include mountainous forests and stands of bamboo.

The species is named after the English administrator and ornithologist Frederick John Jackson who collected the first specimens.


Jackson's francolin was described in 1891 by the Scottish ornithologist William Robert Ogilvie-Grant from specimens collected by Frederick John Jackson in Kikuyu, Kenya. Ogilvie-Grant honoured Jackson and coined the binomial name Francolinus jacksoni.[2] The species is now placed in the genus Pternistis that was introduced by the German naturalist Johann Georg Wagler in 1832.[3][4] Jackson's spurfowl is monotypic: no subspecies are recognised.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pternistis jacksoni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22678887A92793299. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678887A92793299.en. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ Ogilvie-Grant, William Robert (1891). "On some new Francolins and a new Hornbill discovered by Mr. F.J. Jackson in East Africa". Ibis. 6th series. 3: 123–127 [123–124].
  3. ^ Wagler, Johann Georg (1832). "Neue Sippen und Gattungen der Säugthiere und Vögel". Isis von Oken (in German and Latin). cols 1218–1235 [1229].
  4. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (2020). "Pheasants, partridges, francolins". IOC World Bird List Version 10.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 12 February 2020.

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