The quail is often thought of as a type of bird that doesn't fly, but hides in the brush. It can symbolize aspirations that are grounded - in both a positive and negative sense. The quail does fly for short distances, and may appear in a dream as a message about taking a more grounded approach. Their unusual top feather can symbolize a desire to 'have a feather in one's cap.' Like the chicken, it is more wild and exotic, and the quail can symbolize unusual defense mechanisms. See also Birds.