Quails and Partridges of Malaysia
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True Quails and Partridges are largely colorful,
plump-bodied birds, with short tails. They belong to the family
Phasianidae which also includes the pheasants. The Buttonquail is not
a true Quail and belongs to separate family, Turnicidae. It has
been included in this series because of its similarity in size, shape,
and habits with the true Quails. Quails and Buttonquails are
small-sized and inhabit open country while Partridges are larger and
inhabit principally the rainforest. They forage on the ground for
insects, worms, seeds, and fallen fruit. Most species are very shy and
secretive and are therefore seldom seen.
Quails, Partridges, and Buttonquails are amongst some
of the more attractive and colorful birds of Malaysia's open country
and the rainforest. They are ours to protect and treasure as an
important part of our natural heritage.