from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the North American quails, somewhat larger than the familiar bob-white and readily distinguished by a slender tuft of black plumes on either side of the head. The general color is slaty-blue, marked beneath and on the sides with white and chestnut. It inhabits the mountain regions of Oregon, California, and Nevada.
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His equally shy neighbor is the mountain-quail, while through the farming lands and all along the hillsides the valley -- quail are plenty.