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For other uses, see Quail (disambiguation).
Brown Quail.jpg
Brown quail, Coturnix ypsilophora
Call of a male common Quail
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae, Odontophoridae

Quail is a collective name for several genera of mid-sized birds generally placed in the order Galliformes.

Old World quail are found in the family Phasianidae, and New World quail are found in the family Odontophoridae. The buttonquail are named more for their superficial resemblance to quail, and are members of the Turnicidae family in the Charadriiformes order. The king quail, one of the Old World quail, often is sold in the pet trade, and within this trade is commonly, though mistakenly, referred to as a "button quail". Many of the common larger species are farm-raised for table food or egg consumption, and are hunted on game farms or in the wild, where they may be released to supplement the wild population, or extend into areas outside their natural range. In 2007, 40 million quail were produced in the U.S.[1]

The collective noun for a group of quail is a flock, covey[2] or bevy.[3]

New World quail (Odontophoridae)[edit]

Old World quail (Phasianidae)[edit]

See also[edit]