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Potato galettes, served with quail eggs.

Scientific classification

See also Pheasant,
Partridge, Grouse

Quail is a collective name for several genera of mid-sized birds in the Pheasant family Phasianidae. This article deals with the Old World quail species. The New World quails are not closely related, but are named for their similar appearance and behaviour.

The Old World buttonquails are also in a different family Turnicidae, and are completely unrelated to the true quails.

The quails are small, plump terrestrial birds. They are seed eaters, but will also take insects and similar small prey. They nest on the ground.

Wild quail were once a popular game bird.

Species list

The quail species are:

Quails in cookery

Quails are an edible game species. The Common Quail was previously much favoured in French cooking, but quail for the table are now more likely to be domesticated Japanese Quail.

The eggs of the quail are considered a delicacy, and are sometimes used raw in sushi.



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