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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.
The Wildlife Department officials including Wajid Ali Shaikh recovered two each grey and black francolins. Three men including Ali Nawaz, Muhammad Mushtaq and Muzamil Hussain all residents of Punjab were arrested.
In an interview with BOPA, chief agronomist at department of crop production from MADFS Mr Thomas Mogome said the other factor is the occurrence of pests such as francolins, rodents that dig and actually eat seed.
Hunters, as of Sunday and up to the end of December will be able to hunt hares, black francolins and partridges.
Outside a comfortable tent, set on the banks of a river, under the shade of doum palms, listening to the lilting calls of doves and the gentle creaking of francolins, watching an al fresco table being set for lunch, anticipating the taste of a chilled white wine - what more could you want when you needed a respite from the routine of the office and the din of the city?
When performing radiography, some backyard poultry (such as guinea fowl [Numididae], pheasants [Phasianidae], and especially francolins [Francolinus species]) tend to be very nervous and, thus, are prone to considerable feather loss.
Partridges, Quails, Francolins, Snowcocks, Guinefowl and Turkeys.
Both male and female grey francolins breed during the first year after hatching, but pairs are established when female chooses a male (Potts, 1980), and these pairs remain together for life.
"They are attracted to pet animals such as poultry, francolins, quails, partridges, pigeons and rabbits," said Khan.
We did not see any game with exception of a few dikdik, tiny, graceful rabbit-sized antelope, some beautiful vulturine guinea fowl and yellow-necked francolins. I shot one of the latter with Francois's .22 rifle for dinner.
Ticks on crested francolins, Francolinus sephaena, and on the vegetation on a farm in Limpopo Province, South Africa.