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Common Quail

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MalePhoto by birdimageUden, Netherlands, June 2008
Male
Photo by birdimage
Uden, Netherlands, June 2008
Coturnix coturnix

Includes: Azores Common Quail, Cape Verde Common Quail, Abyssinian Quail, African Quail

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[edit] Identification

16-18 cm

  • Buffish brown with darker brown and white streaks on upperparts.
  • Cream supercilium
  • Long wings
FemalePhoto by Alan Manson Cedara,, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, September 2008
Female
Photo by Alan Manson
Cedara,, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, September 2008

Male has a black chin

[edit] Distribution

Widespread Palearctic region; eastern and southern Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

Clements treats this species as monotypic[1].
Other authorities recognize five (or more) subspecies:

Mainly africana is split as African Quail by some authorities.

[edit] Habitat

Grassland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects and seeds.

[edit] Breeding

The clutch of 6-18 eggs are laid in a ground nest, and incubated for 16-18 days.

[edit] Vocalisation


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[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Avibase
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition ISBN 0 00 219900 9

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