Definition of painted quail in English:

painted quail

noun

  • 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.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Gould (1804–1881), ornithologist and publisher.