Coturnix is a genus of Old World quail, related Francolins and Alectoris Partridges. Coturnix and the aforementioned genera belong to their own monophyletic clade, the Gallusininae, a sub-family within the family Phasianidae. Some authors consider the clade that includes Francolin, Junglefowl, Long-Billed Partridge, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Jungle Bush Quail, Alectoris Partridge, Snowcocks and Coturnix warrant classification in their own family, the Gallusinidae.
- Blue Quail, Coturnix adansonii
- King Quail, Coturnix chinensis
- Rain Quail, Coturnix coromandelica
- Harlequin Quail, Coturnix delegorguei
- Common Quail, Coturnix coturnix
- †Canary Islands Quail, Coturnix gomerae (fossil)
- Japanese Quail, Coturnix japonica
- †New Zealand Quail, Coturnix novaezelandiae (extinct)
- Stubble Quail, Coturnix pectoralis
- Brown Quail, Coturnix ypsilophora
A fossil species from the Late Oligocene - Late Miocene of SW and Central Europe was described as Coturnix gallica. Another, C. donnezani, was widespread in Early Pliocene to Early Pleistocene Europe.
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The genetic link between the Chinese bamboo partridge (Bambusicola thoracica) and the chicken and junglefowls of the genus Gallus.A Fumihito, T Miyake, M Takada, S Ohno, and N KondoYamashina Institute for Ornithology, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Phylogenetic analysis of gallinaceous birds inferred from mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase subunit 5 gene sequences Wee Hui Kit Publisher: 2002.
A Molecular Phylogeny of the Pheasants and Partridges Suggests That These Lineages Are Not Monophyletic R. T. Kimball,* E. L. Braun,*,† P. W. Zwartjes,* T. M. Crowe,‡,§ and J. D. Ligon*
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