A genus of rasorial birds, included in the family of partridges, to which they are nearly allied, but from which they differ in being smaller, in having a relatively shorter tail, no red space above the eye, longer wings, and no spur on the legs. The common quail is a migratory bird, and is found in every country of Europe, and in many spaces of Asia and Africa.
Logan Marshall, Ed. International Self-Pronouncing Reference Library (five vols.) (Philadelphia, PA: International Press, 1911)