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

Perdicula asiatica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Tribe: Coturnicini
Genus: Perdicula
Hodgson, 1837
Type species
Tetrao asiaticus
Latham, 1790

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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
  Perdicula asiatica Jungle bush quail
  Perdicula argoondah Rock bush quail
  Perdicula erythrorhyncha Painted bush quail
  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.