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- n. pheasants; quails; partridges
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Also favored by hunters coming to Mexico are quail, which belong to the family of odontophoridae, or New World quail (as opposed to the phasianidae family of Old World quail, more like pheasant.)
They are in the same family of birds, phasianidae, that includes pheasants and partridge.