from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A partridge of the genus Francolinus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A spurred partidge of the genus Francolinus and allied genera, of Asia and Africa. The common species (F. vulgaris) was formerly common in southern Europe, but is now nearly restricted to Asia.

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  • noun Any of various terrestrial partridges of the genus Francolinus, found chiefly in Africa.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Italian francolino.]

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From French francolin, from Italian francolino, of unknown origin.


  • Hunted boar, francolin, dove and pheasant on Oahu.

    Del I noticed your hawaii hunting pictures. Is that pohakalua training area?

  • Hunted boar, francolin, dove and pheasant on Oahu.

    Del I noticed your hawaii hunting pictures. Is that pohakalua training area?

  • Forest birds include green ibis Mesembrinibis cayennensis (local Mount Kenya race), Ayre's hawk eagle Hieraaetus dubius, Abyssinian long-eared owl Asio abyssinicus, scaly francolin Francolinus squamatus, Ruppell's robin-chat Cossypha semirufa, and numerous sunbirds (Nectariniidae).

    Mount Kenya National Park and National Forest, Kenya

  • Notable mountain forest birds are the Rwenzori turaco, Musophaga johnstoni and the handsome francolin, Francolinus nobilis; also the forest ground thrush Turdus oberlaenderi and the shoebill Balaeniceps rex.

    Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Other birds include scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird Nectarinia johnstoni, mountane francolin Francolinus psilolaemus, Mackinder's eagle owl Bubo capensis mackinderi, and the locally threatened scarce swift Schoutedenapus myioptilus.

    Mount Kenya National Park and National Forest, Kenya

  • However, the ecoregion harbors two globally threatened species, the Bengal florican and the lesser florican (Eupodotis indica), as well as the threatened Pallas's fish-eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus) and swamp francolin (Francolinus gularis).

    Lower Gangetic Plains moist deciduous forests

  • The Sajnakhali area contains a wealth of water birds, noteworthy residents including Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans, black-necked stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus, greater adjutant Leptoptilos dubius (E), white ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus, swamp francolin Francolinus gularis, white-collared kingfisher Halcyon chloris, black-capped kingfisher H. pileata and brown-winged kingfisher Pelargopsis amauroptera.

    Sundarbans National Park, India

  • The near-endemic grey-striped francolin (Francolinus griseostriatus) occurs mainly on the escarpment of the Angolan Scarp Savanna and Woodland ecoregion, but its range is very localized and it has been recorded in the Afromontane region.

    Angolan montane forest-grassland mosaic

  • Another important flagship species is the Djibouti francolin (Francolinus ochropectus, CR), which is found only in two sites in Djibouti, Forêt de Day, which is thought to be the only viable site for this imperiled species, and the nearby Mabla Mountains.

    Biological diversity in the Horn of Africa

  • These montane regions support a number of endemics: the Mount Cameroon francolin (Francolinus camerunensis, EN) and the Mount Cameroon speirops (Speirops melanocephalus, VU) are endemic to Mount Cameroon, while the Mount Kupe bush-shrike (Malaconotus kupeensis, EN) is largely confined to Mount Kupe, where only 21 square kilometers of habitat remains (it has recently been discovered at two additional localities).

    Biological diversity in the Guinean forests of West Africa


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  • "As for the male storytellers, let them learn a new trade, says Bakhta, chewing on the roasted thigh of a francolin hunted by our commandos around Tburba."

    Talismano by Abdelwahab Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 186 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    October 1, 2011