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For other uses, see Quail (disambiguation).

Quail is a collective name for several genus of mid-sized birds in the pheasant family Phasianidae. New World quails (family Odontophoridae) and buttonquails (family Turnicidae) are not closely related but named for their similar appearance and behaviour.

Quail may refer to the following species of Phasianidae.

Genus Coturnix Common Quail, Coturnix coturnix Japanese Quail, Coturnix japonica Stubble Quail, Coturnix pectoralis New Zealand Quail, Coturnix novaezelandiae Extinct Rain Quail, Coturnix coromandelica Harlequin Quail, Coturnix delegorguei Brown Quail, Coturnix ypsilophora Blue Quail, Coturnix adansonii Asian Blue Quail, Coturnix chinensis Genus Anurophasis Snow Mountain Quail, Anurophasis monorthonyx Genus Perdicula Jungle Bush-quail, Perdicula asiatica Rock Bush-quail, Perdicula argoondah Painted Bush-quail, Perdicula erythrorhyncha Manipur Bush-quail, Perdicula manipurensis Genus Ophrysia Himalayan Quail, Ophrysia superciliosa Critically Endangered/Extinct //

Behaviour

Quails are small, plump terrestrial birds. They are seed eaters but will also take insects and similar small prey. They nest on the ground and are capable of short, rapid bursts of flight. Some species such as the Japanese and Common Quail are migratory and fly for long distances.[1] [2] Some quail are farmed in large numbers. The Japanese Quail (or coturnix quail) is kept mostly to produce eggs.

See also

Quail eggs in a nest Quails in cookery

References

^ ``Coturnix japonica (Japanese quail)``. Animal Diversity Web. http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Coturnix_japonica.html. Retrieved 2007-09-21.  ^ ``Coturnix coturnix (common quail)``. Animal Diversity Web. http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Coturnix_coturnix.html. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 

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