Coturnix Bonn., Tabl. Encyl. Meth., i, pp. lxxxvii, 216 (1791).
Type, Tetrao coturnix Linn.
The present genus contains the true Quails, migratory or semi-migratory birds with comparatively long and pointed wings, the first primary longest or the first and second subequal; the tail is short and consists of ten or twelve feathers : the bill is small and slender; the tarsus strong but not very long and without spurs; the sexes differ slightly in coloration.
The genus is found throughout the Eastern Hemisphere, including Australia and New Zealand, two species occurring within our limits.
Key to Species.
A.Outer webs of primaries barred with buff…………..C. coturnix, p. 372.
B.Outer webs of primaries unbarred…………..C. coromandelica,p. 375.