January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Quail, any of several small game birds of the pheasant suborder. Quails are stout birds with sturdy legs and curved bills. Their feathers are usually brown, speckled with white, black, or chestnut. These colors blend well with the grassy surroundings in which the birds live. Although capable of flight, quails are usually seen on the ground. They feed on weed seeds and insects. Quite beneficial to farmers, they are protected by laws in several states. European quails, unlike most members of the family, are migratory birds, spending the winter in Africa and India and the summer in Europe. American quails do not migrate.


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