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Quail Are Experts When It Comes To Camouflage
2013-01-17 13:46:03

Cell Press When it comes to camouflage, ground-nesting Japanese quail are experts. That's based on new evidence published online on January 17 in Current Biology that mother quail "know" the patterning of their own eggs and choose laying spots to hide them best. "Not only are the eggs camouflaged, but the birds choose to lay their eggs on a substrate that maximizes camouflage," said P. George Lovell of Abertay University and the University of St Andrews. "Furthermore, the maximization...


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2009-01-17 17:41:51

The Asian Blue Quail (Coturnix chinensis), also known as the Chinese Painted Quail, King Quail or Blue-breasted Quail, is a species of bird in the same family as pheasants (Phasianidae) in the order Galliformes. In the wild it is found from southeastern Asia to Oceania with ten different subspecies. It is also sometimes known as "Button Quail", though this is more commonly referred to similar-looking but distantly related birds of the genus Turnix. In Australia it is not listed as threatened...

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2008-12-18 20:31:40

The Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix), is a species of pheasant in the Phasianidae family. It was first described by Linnaeus in 1758 as Tetrao coturnix. This is a native Mediterranean species that is found in Europe, North Africa, western Asia and migrates to central Africa east to India in winter. It has been introduced to the United States by hobbyists and bird enthusiasts. Its habitat is grasslands with thick cover. This is a small (6.75 in) bird, streaked brown with a white eye...

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2008-11-29 21:18:02

The Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophorus), also known as the Swamp Quail, is an Australian species of true quail. It is found in much of New Guinea and the Lesser Sunda Islands as well as in northern, eastern, south-eastern and south-western Australia and Tasmania, though absent from arid regions. Species found in New Zealand and Fiji have been introduced there and are not native. Its habitats are agricultural areas, wet grasslands, shrublands and freshwater wetlands. It is widespread and...

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2008-11-29 21:13:32

The Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica), is a species of quail found in East Asia. They breed in much of Manchuria, southeastern Siberia, and northern Japan. They migrate further south to southern Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and southern China. Their habitat is grasslands and cultivated field. It is an abundant species across most of its range. The adult Japanese Quail is about 7.88 inches in length. It is speckled yellow-brown, with a cream colored white strip above the eye. This...

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2007-10-24 16:18:01

The New Zealand Quail (Coturnix novaezelandiae), also known as the Koreke, has been extinct since 1875. It was first described by scientist Sir Joseph Banks when he visited New Zealand on James Cook's first voyage. The first specimen was collected in 1827 on Dumont D'Urville's voyage. It is sometimes considered a relative of the Australian Stubble Quail, which was described after the New Zealand birds were.

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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