Mount Cameroon spurfowl

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Mount Cameroon spurfowl
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pternistis
P. camerunensis
Binomial name
Pternistis camerunensis
(Alexander, 1909)
Mount Cameroon spurfowl distribution map.svg
   geographic distribution

Francolinus camerunensis

The Mount Cameroon spurfowl (Pternistis camerunensis) is a bird species in the pheasant family Phasianidae. It is found only in Cameroon.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.


The Mount Cameroon spurfowl was described in 1909 by the British Army Officer Boyd Alexander from a specimen collected on Mount Cameroon. He coined the binomial name Francolinus camerunensis.[2] The species is now placed in the genus Pternistis that was introduced by the German naturalist Johann Georg Wagler in 1832.[3][4] The species is considered to be monotypic: no subspecies are recognised.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pternistis camerunensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22678891A92793461. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678891A92793461.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  2. ^ Alexander, Boyd (1909). "'Francolinus camerunensis sp. n." Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 25: 25.
  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 11 February 2020.

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