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- Scientific Name: Colinus virginianus
- Common Name/s: BOB
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
21...Only one in Australia (C. v. virginianus)
- Origin / Distribution: United
States of America and Mexico.
- Habitat In Wild: Diverse
including farm land.
- Status In Wild: a
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
- Age To Sexual Maturity: a
- Adult plumage: attained at about
- Best breeding years (estimate):
12 months to 5 years.
- Lifespan (estimate): approx.
- Sexing: Monomorphic
- Colour mutations: None in
- Availability: Bird dealers
- Temperament: They tend to be
flighty and will fly vertically hitting their head on the roof.
They are usually suitable with finches and small parrots but as they
may perch above ground at night in a planted aviary, this may
interfere with nesting finches. Wing flight clipping will help
prevent this happening. May breed year round in a suitable planted
aviary. The cock bird's call may upset neighbours particularly in
the early morning.
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx.) $60
- Description Of Adults:
- Length: Approx. 200 - 225 mm (or approx. 8 - 9
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Up to approx. 180 gms (or approx 6.5 ozs)
Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist
Government Regulations & By-Laws:
Refer to " Government Laws " web page.
Housing Requirements: Refer to "
Quail " web page for general
details on the housing of Quail or read on for specific details for
Compatible with most finches, small
parrots, doves and pigeons. Best breeding results are with one pair per
aviary. Planted aviary is preferred. Bob White quail should
not be housed with other types of birds that spend a lot of time on the
floor. Problems can occur with finches etc. that spend a lot of
time at floor level or use the floor space as their courtship, or mating
Australian quail generally do not use a
perch either during the day or to roost on during the night. Two
of the introduced quail, the Californian and the Bobwhite will use a
perch at night to roost. This can cause problems during finch
nesting season if the quail lands on a finch nest. When the Bob
whites are nesting and/or raising their clutch of young they usually
stay on the ground with the young. The young can fly by about 10
Bob white quail can be noisy. Quail that are noisy, especially in the
morning, should be housed in an aviary most distant away from
Diet / Feeding: Refer to "
Quail " web page for general
details on the feeding of Quail or read on for specific details for
Good quality finch or small parrot mix and vegetable green foods as per "Quail" web page.
quail are not reliant on live foods for good breeding
results but will benefit if supplied during breeding season. May
eat some of the commercial poultry pellets.
- Nesting months: May breed
all year round if conditions are suitable. Seasons spring to
autumn are generally the most productive.
- Nest location: On the
floor in a substantial nest usually at the back of the aviary in a
- Nest material: Dry
grasses and leaves.
- Who incubates the egg/s:
Hen / cock / both share.
Breeding: Egg Colour
White. Clutch/s per year 2. Eggs per
nest - typically 12 - 16. Varies widely, up to 20 or more. Incubation
approx. 21 days.
Independent approx. 4 weeks.
These birds are monogamous and the pair
is left together throughout the year.
Young are best removed when they become
independent so as to avoid aggression from a parent bird. Removing
the young also minimizes the young interfering with the breeding or
Many hens will lay lots of eggs but show
no interest in incubating their eggs. These eggs can be
artificially incubated and hand raised.
Artificial incubation and hand
rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site. It is
too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.
Health Issues: Refer to "Avian
Health Issues" web page for information and references.
- Worming and parasite control
and Quarantine requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are
considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on
this web site. Refer "Avian Health Issues"
web page option.
- Avian medicine is advancing
at a rapid pace. Keep updating your knowledge and skills.
References: Refer to references listed on "Book References"
- Australian Aviculture
- A/A Vol 38 No. 5
May 1984 Page 111-112
- Australian Birdkeeper
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