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Any of various game birds of several genera in the family Phasianidae, especially Francolinus, found in Africa and Asia.

[French, from Italian francolino.]


(Animals) any African or Asian partridge of the genus Francolinus
[C17: from French, from Old Italian francolino, of unknown origin]


(ˈfræŋ kə lɪn)

any Eurasian or African partridge of the genus Francolinus.
[1585–95; < French < Italian francolino, of obscure orig.]
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High genetic diversity revealed by RAPD markers in the black francolin (Francolinus francolinus, Galliformes) of Pakistan.
Cyprus is also important for European Roller Coracias garrulus, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus, Chukar Alectoris chukar and Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus, the latter representing more than one third of the European population.
Studies on the comparative ecology of the South Persian Black partridge, (Francolinus francolinus henrici), and the Northern Grey partridge, (Francolinus pondicerianus interpositus), in Lal Suhanra National Park, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.
Ticks on crested francolins, Francolinus sephaena, and on the vegetation on a farm in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Tracks of ground birds were most likely those of Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus, heard at a distance.
Phasianidae Ptilopachus petroosus Stone partridge Francolinus Clapperton's clappertoni francolin 27.
the chestnut-naped FRANCOLIN, Francolinus castaneicollis
Previous phylogenetic studies of behavior have usually compared species at lower taxonomic levels such as within a genus (Triturus, Arntzen and Sparreboom 1989; Evylaeus, Packer 1991; Francolinus, Crowe et al.
In the genus Francolinus, the most speciose genus in our sample of galliformes, relative TABULAR DATA OMITTED egg weight was highly correlated with size dimorphism ([r.
Studies on the comparative ecology of the South Persian black partridge (Francolinus francolinus henrici), and the Northern grey partridge (Francolinus pondicerianus interpositus) in Lal Suhanra National Park, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.