Fowling is the pursuit of wild birds either by shooting or trapping them, either for food or for their feathers. It includes a variety of methods, such as the catching of small birds by nets; the taking of ducks and other water-fowl in decoys; the lowering of persons over the brink of precipices to seize the birds that lodge in their hollows and shelves, etc.
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The poison oracle is a form of divination among the Zande in which poison is given to a fowl, and the divination is derived from the observed effects.
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The Andalusian is a breed of chicken.
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The Assendelfter or Assendelft Fowl is a Dutch breed of chicken originating from northern Holland. The Assendelfter is a slender bird bred for egg laying, producing smallish eggs are rarely going broody.
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Auk is a name of certain swimming birds, of the family Alcidae, including the great auk, the little auk, the puffin, etc. The genus Alca, or auks proper, contains only two species, the great auk (Alca impennis) and the razor-bill (Alca torda). The great auk or gair-fowl, a bird about one metre in length, used to be plentiful in northerly regions, and also visited the British shores, but has become extinct. Some seventy skins, about as many eggs, with bones representing perhaps a hundred individuals, are preserved in various museums. Though the largest species of the family, the wings were only fifteen centimeters from the carpal joint to the tip, totally useless for flight, but employed as fins in swimming, especially under water. The tail was about seven centimeters long; the beak was high, short, and compressed; the head, neck, and upper parts were blackish; a large spot under each eye, and most of the under parts white. Its legs were placed so far back as to cause it to sit nearly upright. The razor-bill is about 38 cm in length, and its wings are sufficiently developed to be used for flight. It is found in numbers on some parts of the British shores, as the Isle of Man.
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The Bankiva Fowl (Gallus bankiva), is a fowl living wild in Northern India, Java, Sumatra, etc, and believed by some to be the original of the common domestic fowls (chicken).
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The Bantam Fowl is a small but spirited breed of domestic fowl, first brought from the East Indies, supposed to derive its name from Bantam in Java. Most of the sub-varieties have feathered legs; but these are not to be preferred. In point of colour the black and nankeen varieties take the palm. A well-bred bantam does not weigh more than half a kilogram.
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The Brabanconne (Brabant Farmyard Fowl) is a Belgian breed of light chicken developed during the start of the 20th century. Brabanconne are active and excellent flyers, not easily tamed prefering their own space, and laying white eggs.
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A caruncle is a small hard outgrowth formed on the seeds of certain plants, such as the castor oil plant. A caruncle is the fleshy excrescence on the head of a fowl, such the comb of a cock or the wattles of a turkey.
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Chicken is a popular term for domestic fowl.
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