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Books about Francolin

The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Perdicinae

There are about 40 species of Francolin worldwide. These include a number of species that are commonly called Spurfowl. Francolins are found in Africa and Asia, though some have been introduced in other parts of the world.


Terrestrial Gamebirds & Snipes of Africa: Guineafowls, Francolins, Spurfowls, Quails, Sandgrouse & Snipes

Rob Little



"Terrestrial Gamebirds & Snipes of Africa is a detailed full-colour hand book. It includes everything needed to identify and get to know the 74 species that fall into six groups: guineafowls and Congo Peafowl, francolins and partridges, spurfowls, quails, sandgrouse, and snipes and Eurasian Woodcock. Terrestrial Gamebirds & Snipes of Africa offers a concise summary of the large but scattered body of accumulated scientific research and field-guide literature. Pertinent and interesting facts about the distribution, habits, breeding and conservation of each species are presented in a readable fashion. More than 250 photographs convey the appearance, characteristic features, behavioural activities and, in many cases, the habitats frequented by each bird. Terrestrial Gamebirds & Snipes of Africa will be a worthy addition to the ornithological literature and to the bookshelves of bird enthusiasts, particularly birders, wing-shooters, land owners and anyone with an interest in nature and conservation, throughout Africa and across the rest of the world."

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Partridges, Quails, Francolins, Snowcocks, Guineafowl and Turkeys: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan, 2000-2004

Editors: Richard A. Fuller, John P. Carroll, Philip J.K. McGowan on behalf of WPA/BirdLife/SSC Partridge, Quail and Francolin Specialist Group

IUCN - The World Conservation Union


A 64 page report. This superseded the 1995 publication Partridges, Quails, Francolins, Snowcocks and Guineafowl: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 1994-1999.

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Partridges, Quails, Francolins, Snowcocks, Guineafowl and Turkeys: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan, 1995-1999

Editors: Philip J.K. McGowan, Simon D. Dowell, John P. Carroll and Nicholas J. Aebischer, and the WPA/BirdLife/SSC Partridge, Quail and Francolin Specialist Group

International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources


A 101 page report with an overview of the species covered; summary of their conservation status; regional statistics; and project proposals by region.

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Quails, Partridges and Francolins Of The World

Paul A. Johnsgard

Illustrations: Henry Jones

Oxford University Press


This book describes 103 species of Old World quails, partridges and francolins and 31 species of New World quails. The descriptions cover biology, ecology, development, behaviour, taxonomy, and zoogeographic aspects. Includes 127 colour plates and 42 maps. The book is a companion volume to the author's Pheasants of the World.

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A short Review of the Francolins belonging to the Genera Francolinus and Pternistes

W.R. Ogilvie Grant

Colour plate (Francolinus jacksoni): J.G. Keulemans

Ibis: Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 32-55


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"The following brief review contains a key to all the known species of Francolins. It gives also a short synonymy, which shows, so far as I know, the oldest authority for every combination of generic and specific names ever used for each species, and all references to plates, except in the case of species (such as Francolinus francolinus) which have been frequently figured, when the best only are quoted. The geographical range is stated in every case, and a few notes are added."
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On Some New And Rare Francolins

W.R. Ogilvie Grant

2 colour plate (Francolinus griseo-striatus / Francolinus castaneicollis): J.G. Keulemans

Ibis: Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 345-350


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"Having lately been at work on the Francolins with the view of a complete revision of this rather difficult genus of the Gallinae, I beg leave to offer to the readers of 'The Ibis' some remarks on some new or little-known species of this group."
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Last updated August 2013