Swierstra's spurfowl

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Swierstra's spurfowl
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Swierstra's spurfowl in Angola
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pternistis
Species:
P. swierstrai
Binomial name
Pternistis swierstrai
(Roberts, 1929)
Swierstra's spurfowl distribution map.svg
   geographic distribution
Synonyms

Francolinus swierstrai

Swierstra's spurfowl (Pternistis swierstrai) is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found only in Angola in the rapidly shrinking Afromontane forests of peaks such as Mount Moco and Mount Soque.[2]

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

The scientific name commemorates the South African entomologist Cornelis Jacobus Swierstra.

Taxonomy[edit]

Swierstra's spurfowl was described in 1929 by the South African zoologist Austin Roberts from a specimen that had been collected in Mombola, Angola. He coined the binomial name Chaetopus swierstrai, choosing the specific epithet to honour the South African entomologist Cornelis Jacobus Swierstra.[3] The species is now placed in the genus Pternistis that was introduced by the German naturalist Johann Georg Wagler in 1832.[4][5] Swierstra's spurfowl is monotypic: no subspecies are recognised.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pternistis swierstrai". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22678896A92793729. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678896A92793729.en. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ Hirschfeld, Erik; Swash, Andy; Still, Robert (2013). The World's Rarest Birds. Princeton University Press. p. 77. ISBN 9781400844906.
  3. ^ Roberts, Austin (1929). "New forms of African birds". Annals of the Transvaal Museum. 13: 71–81 [72].
  4. ^ Wagler, Johann Georg (1832). "Neue Sippen und Gattungen der Säugthiere und Vögel". Isis von Oken (in German and Latin). cols 1218–1235 [1229].
  5. ^ 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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