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Perdicula asiatica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Tribe: Coturnicini
Genus: Perdicula
Hodgson, 1837

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Perdicula is a small genus of quail in the family Phasianidae, containing four species that are collectively known as the bush quails.


The generic name Perdicula is a Modern Latin diminutive of the genus Perdix, and means small partridge.[1] The two genera are not closely related, with Perdix belonging to the tribe Phasianini in subfamily Phasianinae, while Perdicula belongs to the tribe Coturnicini in the subfamily Pavoninae.

The genus contains the following four species:[2]

Image Scientific name Common name
Jungle Bush Quail (48248857067).jpg Perdicula asiatica Jungle bush quail
Perdicula argoondah -Rajasthan, India -male-8.jpg Perdicula argoondah Rock bush quail
Painted bush quail male with a chick.jpg Perdicula erythrorhyncha Painted bush quail
ManipurBushQuail.jpg Perdicula manipurensis Manipur bush quail


  1. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. Christopher Helm. pp. 297, 57. ISBN 978-1-4081-3326-2.
  2. ^ Madge, Steve; Phil, MacGowan (2010). Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse: Including buttonquails, sandgrouse, and allies. London, United Kingdom: Christopher Helm. ISBN 978-1-4081-3565-5.