10 Interesting Facts About Quails You Probably Didn’t Know

10 interesting facts about quails

Quails are small birds that inhabits woodland and forest areas around the world. There are thought to be more than 15 different species of quail, with each species of quail being found in different parts of the world and all have slightly different appearances depending on how they have adapted to their environment. There are both wild and domestic species of quails.

Here are interesting facts about quails you probably didn’t know:

1) Quails are the smallest farm birds. They can reach 4.5 to 7.8 inches in length and 2.4 to 4.9 ounces of weight. They are covered with brown, black, white, grey and blue feathers. Specific coloration and arrangement of feathers create scale-like pattern on some parts of the body. The lower parts of their bodies have a warm, buffy orange color.

2) Quails generally have a large variety of diet. Though their diet is majorly plant matter (95%), eating mainly grass, seeds and berries, they also eat leaves, roots, worms and some insects such as grasshoppers. Quails in the wild are also capable of eating grains.

3) Quails are highly prolific birds. They are capable of laying 10 to 20 eggs at one time. Some species of quail are incredibly productive layers. In fact, clutches of eggs can sometimes reach 20 or more in number! That’s a lot of eggs to lay, and a lot of eggs to incubate. The eggs hatch after incubation period of 23 days.

4) Although they have long pointed wings, quails are able to fly only short distances. When faced with predators, quails will typically run and hide.

5) Quails are hunted by a number of predators including cats, skunks, fox, snakes, owls and dogs, weasels, coyotes, squirrels, raccoons and even humans. Therefore, those that live in the wild are especially susceptible to danger. Yet, these small birds are said to be capable of surviving for 3-4 years in the wild.

6) It is usually said that birds of the same feather flock together. If it were to be taken literally, this would not usually hold true for quails. They are said to usually live alone, but they form flocks in the fall. They also gather in large flocks during the mating season.

7) Quails are also kept as poultry or commercial birds in some parts of the world because of their meat and their bright eggs.  A total of ~1.4 billion quails are farmed in a year worldwide.

8) Dressed quail meat weighs 70-73% weight of live quail. Hundred grams of quail meat is usually obtained from a quail weighing 140g.

9) The eggs are tiny, about a fourth the size of a chicken egg, and are considered a delicacy in many countries a substitute for chicken eggs — if you are trying to lower your intake of cholesterol, but can’t resist some runny egg yolk on your toast, using just one or two quail eggs is less than half the amount of a chicken egg.

10) Quails are disease resistant poultry birds and require no vaccination at any stage of life.

References:

  1. American Expedition https://forum.americanexpedition.us/quail-information-facts-photos-and-artwork
  2. Kidskonnect https://kidskonnect.com/animals/quail/
  3. Ali Hanifah|July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Amazing Facts|Tags: Bird Facts, Facts about Quails https://passnownow.com/10-amazing-bird-facts-quail/
  4. Nurturing Freedom https://northernnester.com/quail-eggs/
  5. What Do Quails Eat? The Ultimate Quail Feed Guide www.thehappychickencoop.com/quail-feed-and-diet/
  6. Quails are disease resistant, No danger of bird flu www.oneindia.com/2006/04/16/quails-are-disease-resistant-no-danger-of-bird-flu-1145165826.html

About Ridwan Adesola

Ridwan Adesola is a 400l Veterinary Medical student of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is enthusiastic about pharmacotherapeutics and infectious diseases research. He is also an entrepreneur and an active volunteer at the National Veterinary Research Institute, Nigeria.

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