California Quails: Origin, Characteristics & Pictures

California quails are small living wild birds that belong to the New World quail family. They are typically considered to be exciting and entertaining to raise them.

If you’re planning to start a quail farm, then you’ve come to the right place. The article provides a detail description of this quail breed.

You will be able to know facts about the history, origin, uses, characteristics, and pictures of California quail before considering raising them.

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Origin of California Quails

This is a bird that originated from California State of the United States, and it was developed at around 1932.

The wild bird is also known as Valley quail, Colin de Californie (French), Codorniz California (Spanish), and California Partridge, Crested Quail, Topknot quail or California Valley quail.

The birds live in large flocks, and they commonly love scratching on the ground in search of food. They are also unobtrusive hence approach them gently.

The California quail’s stiffly accented Chi-ca-go call is a familiar sound of the chaparral and other brushy areas of California and the Northwest.

Most of the Native Americans and game hunters love them so much. However, the birds have also spread to other countries like Argentina, British Columbia, Brazil, Chile, Europe, Hawaii, South Africa, Uruguay, and New Zealand.

California Quails Characteristics

The appearance of the Birds

They are beautiful and handsome. The birds have a round soccer ball shape with a fatty gray breast, intricately scaled underparts and forward dropping head plume.

Feather Colors

Quail female chicks are mainly grey-brown color with a light-colored belly. The male chicks have a dark brown cap, blackface, brown back, a light brown belly, and a grey-blue chest.

Adult female quails are typically brown with white streaks on the flanks while the male counterparts are black.

Uses of the Quail

These birds are typically small, and they are raised as pets or as a hobby.

Behavior and Temperament

The birds are friendly, and they mainly occur in conveys. They are calm in temperament hence suitable for raising as pets.

Climate Tolerance

The quails are hardy and robust. They can withstand the weather climate of different kinds hence the reason why they have massive widespread across the world.

Excellent Foragers

The birds spend most of the time scratching on the ground hence known for searching their food. The cost of maintaining these birds are quite low, especially for purchasing commercial feeds.

Quail Profile Overview & Pictures

Use the following information to get a summary for these wild birds. The summary also shows some hidden features of the quail. Let’s find out:

Breed NameJapanese
Other NamesNone
Breed PurposeDual-purpose (meat and eggs)
SpeciesOld World Quail
WeightGenerally 100 and 120 grams
Climate ToleranceAlmost all climates
Egg ColorGenerally mottled with a background color ranging from white to blue to pale brown
Egg Size/Weight8 to 13 grams
Egg ProductivityUp to 300 eggs a year depending on the domesticated lines
ColorBrown with markings
Place of OriginEast Asia

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