Coturnix communis

Coturnix communis, Bonn.

829. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. 11, p. 586 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 7; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 423; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 215; Game Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 133; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 131.


Length, 7.1 to 8.82 ; expanse, 13.0 to 14.7; wing, 4.0 to 4.55; tail, 1.6 to 2.25; tarsus, 0.9 to 1.15; bill from gape, 0.6 to 0.73; weight, 3.2 to 4.62 oz.

Bill very variable, in color blackish, dusky horny-brown, dull pale bluish, &c.; irides brown ; legs and feet pale fleshy.

Male, head brown, with pale edgings to the feathers, and a central pale line ; eye-brows, cheeks, and lores whitish, with the ear-coverts partially brown; the upper plumage brown, each feather of the back, scapulars, rump and tail having on one side of the pale yellow shaft, a fine black patch, and some pale cross striae; wing-coverts greyish-brown, with narrow streaks and bars of the pale yellowish, black bordered ; primaries dark-brown, with pale rufous spots and bars on the outer webs; beneath, the chin is dull white ; the throat rufous-brown with a double-blackish or brown band or collar, separated by some yellowish- white and a few blackish spots on the breast and sides of the neck ; the rest of the lower plumage pale rufous, deepest on the lower neck and breast, and becoming earthy on the flanks and vent; the long feathers of the flanks pale chocolate color, with a broad central stripe and some black blotches.

The female chiefly differs in wanting the rufous-brown patches on the throat and breast, which is much spotted with brown; she is larger than the male.

The Grey Quail is a common winter visitant to all portions of our limits. It is much more common in some years than in others. A few pairs do occasionally remain to breed, but these are probably sickly or injured birds.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Coturnix communis
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Large Grey Quail
Common Quail
Coturnix coturnix
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