any of several birds of the family Turnicidae, of warmer parts of the Old World, resembling but not related to the true quail.
Also called bustard quail, hemipode.
the blue-breasted quail, Coturnix chinensis.
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any small quail-like terrestrial bird of the genus Turnix, such as T. sylvatica (striped button quail), occurring in tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World: family Turnicidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc) Also called hemipode


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