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The smallest of galliformes, quail are found throughout the world in a variety of habitats. New World Quail belong to the family Odontophoridae, which according to Johnsgard, contains 9 genera and 31 species. Old World Quail belong to the family Phasianidae, a large family that also contains pheasants, partridge and francolin. New World Quail differ from the Old World birds in having a serrated lower mandible and lack tarsal spurs. Many quail species are popular avicultural subjects and their small size makes them ideal for those with limited space.
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