One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small southern Asian bustard (bird), the male of which has mainly black plumage with white wings.
Family Otidae: the Bengal florican (Houbaropsis begalensis) and the lesser florican (Sypheotides indica)
- ‘Rare hoolock gibbons and capped langurs can be seen in the forests, and birds include giant hornbills and Bengal floricans.’
- ‘The Lesser Florican is the smallest bustard commonly found in India.’
- ‘Low intensity agro-ecosystems in Cambodia hold the largest global population of Bengal Florican.’
Late 18th century: of unknown origin.
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