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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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At this he fell to with greater relish than if they had given him francolins from Milan, pheasants from Rome, veal from Sorrento, partridges from Moron, or geese from Lavajos, and turning to the doctor at supper he said to him, "Look here, senor doctor, for the future don't trouble yourself about giving me dainty things or choice dishes to eat, for it will be only taking my stomach off its hinges; it is accustomed to goat, cow, bacon, hung beef, turnips and onions; and if by any chance it is given these palace dishes, it receives them squeamishly, and sometimes with loathing.
Hirkan National Park numbers over 118 bird species, 16 of which, including black stork, osprey, Northern goshawk, imperial eagle, Talish Caucasian pheasant, black francolin are listed in the Red Data Book of Azerbaijan.
FILE - Djibouti Francolin with acknowledgments to Norm Arlott So Christmas.
He told that the Wildlife team recovered 20 Grey Francolin, 7 Squirrels and an Owl from Mallah.
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.
Five of the partridges were grey francolin, popular with those immersed in illegal cock fighting.
In CSWS, Grey francolin showed high preference for the habitat having Ivelve's value (IV) of 0.
Species include Natal, Crested, Couqi and Swainson francolin while guinea fowl are prolific.
This includes rarest ones like the Himalayan Forest Thrush, Tibetan Lark, Nicobar Jungle Flycatcher and Chinese Francolin.
CIMMYT wheat germ plasm accessions used in experiment at Arid Zone Research Institute, Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan Entry * Cross name 1 FRANCOLIN #1/WBLL1 2 BAJ#1/TECUE#1 3 MUTUS/AKURI 4 BECARD/KACHU 5 WBLL1*2/4/SNI/TRAP#1/3/KAUZ*2/TRA P//KAUZ/5/BAJ #1 6 NAC/TH.