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Common Quail

Coturnix coturnix

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Uncommon to fairly common summer visitor to taller grassland and grain fields, from winter grounds in Africa and southern Europe. Rarely seen, and most often detected by male’s emphatic whistled "wet-my-lips!" song, which can be given at night. When flushed, explodes from underfoot and flies off strongly with whirring wingbeats and short glides. Plumage cryptic and streaky brown with pale eyebrow; male has black throat stripe. Very similar to Japanese Quail, which is kept as captive for eggs and can escape; the two are probably not safely separable in the field.

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