Coturnix chinensis

Description

The King Quail is a small dark quail, mostly brown in colour. The adult male has a blue-grey forehead and face with black and white on its chin and throat. The female is dark brown and faintly streaked. She has a white throat and is the only small quail with a barred underside.

Distribution

King Quail occur in Asia from India eastward to south-east China, South East Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and northern and eastern Australia.

Lifespan

King Quail live on average 3-6 years.

Size

From 12-14cm in length.

Diet

King Quails are omnivorous, feeding on a range of food sources including grass seeds, green blades, terrestrial worms, adult larval insects, leaves, grains and fruits.

Habitat

King Quail are found in tropical shrublands and grasslands, towards coastal areas.

Breeding

King Quail can lay between 5-13 eggs which will hatch after around 19 days.