from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quail Coturnix coromandelicus, of Africa and India, whose migrations are related in some way to rainy seasons.
- n. In India, one of the small painted quails, Excalfactoria chinensis; also a species of Microperdix.
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Very fair sport may be obtained in July by shooting rain-quail that have been attracted by call birds.
These, like the rain-quail, afford good sport with the gun if attracted by call birds set down overnight.
In July the black-breasted or rain-quail (_Coturnix coromandelica_) is plentiful in India.