Genus COTURNIX

The true Quails are birds of small size and peculiar plumage, with conspicuous whitish longitudinal streaks on the back. Unlike the Phasianidae in general, some of the Quails are migratory. The wing is much longer and more pointed than in Partridges, the 1st primary being as long as the 2nd or slightly longer. The tail is of 10 or 12 feathers, and less than half as long as the wing. The bill is small and rather slender; the tarsus bears no spur in either sex, and is rather longer than the middle toe and claw ; the claws are all of moderate size. The sexes differ slightly in plumage.

The genus Coturnix comprises six species, and is found throughout the Eastern hemisphere, including Australia and New Zealand. Two species are Indian.

Key to the Species.

a. Outer webs of primaries barred with bull…………………….C. communis, p. 114.
b. Primaries without bars…………………….C. coromandelica, p. 116.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus COTURNIX
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
114
M_ID: 
1329
M_SN: 
Coturnix
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1925

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