A collective name for several genera of small poultry, much favoured in french cooking. There are several common species of quail:
(eventually there should be a link to the proper place in the evolutionary tree)
- Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginanus)
- Mearn's Quail (Cytonyx montezuma)
- Mountain Quail (Oreortyx pictus)
Quail are both domesticated and wild; wild quail are a popular game bird. The eggs of the quail are considered a delicacy.