It appears to be either a dark colored Japanese (Coturnix) Quail or a female Chinese Painted (Button/King/Asian Blue, etc) Quail.  The bill is straight, like a chicken, so I believe it is an old world species (American quail have serrated mandibles).  Size would help as well, as the Chinese is the smallest of all galliformes and the Coturnix is a plump bird, domesticated for meat production.  Both species are very common in captivity, with the Chinese sometimes even seen in pet stores.  Neither fly well, which would make an escape super easy prey for cats.
 
Dan 
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Rebecca Secor
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Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2011 1:48 AM
Subject: ID help requested Nightjar?


Hi
My mom in Arizona scared off a cat that had this bird in mouth.  We really aren't sure at all what it is and I've been trying to help her know what to do with it.  

Here's the link to my blog with the picture she took on her phone.

http://ramblings-rlsecor.blogspot.com/

Thx

Becca Secor 
St. Peters, MO
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