One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(More fully "Chinese painted quail") the blue quail, Coturnix chinensis, of Africa, southern and south-east Asia, and Australia.
2(More fully "painted button-quail") an Australasian button-quail, Turnix varia.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Gould (1804–1881), ornithologist and publisher.
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