New World quails are generally short winged, necked and tailed (although the genus Dendrortyx
is long-tailed). The bills
are short, slightly curved and serrated. The legs are short and powerful, and lack the spurs of many Old World galliforms. Although they are capable of short bursts of strong flight New World quails prefer to walk, and will run from danger (or hide), taking off explosively only as a last resort. Plumage
varies from dull to spectacular, and many species have ornamental crests or plumes on the head.
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