a brightly colored true quail, Coturnix chinensis (or Excalfactoria chinensis) of southern Asia and Australia, the smallest of the true quails, widely kept as a cage bird: the king quail is sometimes referred to as a button quail, but the button quails are very distant relatives and are not true quails.
- Also called blue-breast·ed quail, Chi·nese paint·ed quail .
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Of Australian quail there are at least a dozen varieties, ranging from a small partridge down to the little king quail.Australian Pictures | Howard Willoughby