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Brown quail ("Coturnix ypsilophora")
Brown quail (Synoicus ypsilophorus)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Superfamily: Phasianoidea
Groups included
Cladistically included but traditionally excluded taxa
Call of a male common quail (Coturnix coturnix)
Quail Bird in Shankipara, Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Quail is a collective name for several

genera of mid-sized birds generally placed in the order Galliformes. The collective noun for a group of quail is a flock, covey,[1] or bevy.[2]

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.[3]

New World

Old World

Quail in cookery

Quail that have fed on hemlock (e.g., during migration) may induce acute kidney injury due to accumulation of toxic substances from the hemlock in the meat; this problem is referred to as "coturnism".[5]

See also


  1. ^ USGS - Animal Congregations, or What Do You Call a Group Archived March 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Bevy", Merriam-Webster.com.
  3. USDA
    . February 2009. p. 423.
  4. ^ "Japanese Quail - Lancaster County 4-H (japanesequail) - Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County - University of Nebraska–Lincoln". lancaster.unl.edu. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Web Developer Network. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  5. PMID 15313988

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