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 for Sea quail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sea quail \Sea" quail`\ (Zool.)
     The turnstone.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Quail \Quail\, n. [OF. quaille, F. caille, LL. quaquila, qualia,
     qualea, of Dutch or German origin; cf. D. kwakkel, kwartel,
     OHG. wahtala, G. wachtel.]
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     1. (Zool.) Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and
        several allied genera of the Old World, especially the
        common European quail ({Coturnix communis), the rain
        quail ({Coturnix Coromandelica) of India, the stubble
        quail ({Coturnix pectoralis), and the Australian swamp
        quail ({Synoicus australis).
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     2. (Zool.) Any one of several American partridges belonging
        to Colinus, Callipepla, and allied genera, especially
        the bobwhite (called Virginia quail, and Maryland
        quail), and the California quail ({Calipepla
        Californica).
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     3. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied
        genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted
        quail ({Turnix varius). See Turnix.
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     4. A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought
        to be a very amorous bird. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     Bustard quail (Zool.), a small Asiatic quail-like bird of
        the genus Turnix, as Turnix taigoor, a black-breasted
        species, and the hill bustard quail ({Turnix ocellatus).
        See Turnix.
  
     Button quail (Zool.), one of several small Asiatic species
        of Turnix, as Turnix Sykesii, which is said to be the
        smallest game bird of India.
  
     Mountain quail. See under Mountain.
  
     Quail call, a call or pipe for alluring quails into a net
        or within range.
  
     Quail dove (Zool.), any one of several American ground
        pigeons belonging to Geotrygon and allied genera.
  
     Quail hawk (Zool.), the New Zealand sparrow hawk
        ({Hieracidea Nov[ae]-Hollandi[ae]).
  
     Quail pipe. See Quail call, above.
  
     Quail snipe (Zool.), the dowitcher, or red-breasted snipe;
        -- called also robin snipe, and brown snipe.
  
     Sea quail (Zool.), the turnstone. [Local, U. S.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Turnstone \Turn"stone`\, n. (Zool.)
     Any species of limicoline birds of the genera Strepsilas
     and Arenaria, allied to the plovers, especially the common
     American and European species ({Strepsilas interpres). They
     are so called from their habit of turning up small stones in
     search of mollusks and other aquatic animals. Called also
     brant bird, sand runner, sea quail, sea lark,
     sparkback, and skirlcrake.
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     Black turnstone, the California turnstone ({Arenaria
        melanocephala). The adult in summer is mostly black,
        except some white streaks on the chest and forehead, and
        two white loral spots.
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