Why is the rail, in Germany, called the King of the Quails?

Because it was formerly supposed to head them in their migrations.

Why does a partridge sometimes tumble along before a sportsman?

Because she may draw away the dog from her helpless covey. - G. White.

Why is it erroneous to suppose that black game drive away red grouse?

Because the two species require very different kinds of cover, and will never interfere. - Sir W. Jardine.

Why are the spurs of cocks of great strength ?

Because they are supported in the centre by bone.

Why are the bones of fowls sometimes of a red tint?

Because madder, a plant yielding a red colour, has been mixed with their food. The nature of the food, generally, also exercises a considerable influence over the colour of their bones.