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- An Australian Quail
- Scientific Name: Coturnix
ypsilophora, Coturnix australis
- Common Name/s:
BROWN QUAIL, SWAMP QUAIL.
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
- Origin / Distribution: Coastal and
sub coastal regions around much of Australia plus all of Tasmania.
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- Habitat In Wild: Dense grasslands.
- Status In Wild: Declining due to
habitat loss and predation.
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
- Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
- Adult plumage: attained at about
- Best breeding years (estimate):
- Sexing: Monomorphic /
- Colour mutations: Yes,
includes pied and white.
- Availability: Bird dealers.
- Temperament: Easy to breed.
Suitable for housing with finches and small parrots. Prefer planted
aviary. May breed year round. Hatchling birds can get through 13
mm (half inch) aviary wire.
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx) $40
- Description Of Adults:
- Length: Approx. 190 mm (or approx 7.5 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Vary widely up to approx. 200 gms (or approx. 7 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.
Compatible with most finches, small
parrots, doves and pigeons. Best breeding results are with one
pair per aviary.
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
, seeding grasses and vegetable green foods as per "Quail" web page.
May eat some of the commercial poultry pellets. Adequate supply of
insects is beneficial at breeding time.
- Nesting months: May
nest all year round if conditions are suitable with spring to autumn
the most productive time.
- Nest location: On the
floor in a basic nest usually at the back of the aviary in a
secluded spot. They can often build a substantial nest if
sufficient material is provided.
- Nest material: Dry
- Who incubates the egg/s:
Hen / cock / both share.
Breeding: Egg Colour
Creamy buff, heavily spotted with small brown spots. Clutch/s per year =
multiple. Eggs per
nest 6 to more than 15. Incubation
approx. 20 days.
Independent approx. 3 - 4 weeks.
They nest on the ground in a sheltered
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 36 No. 11
Nov 1982 Page 235-236 (Inc photo)
- A/A Vol 29 No. 10 Oct 1975 Page
- A/A Vol 8 No 12 Dec 1954 Page 146-148.
- A/A Vol 5 No 6 Jun 1951 Page 74-76.
- A/A Vol 3 No 9 Sept 1949 Page 99.
- A/A Vol 1 No 3 Mar 1947.
- Australian Birdkeeper
- ABK Vol 8 Issue 7. Feb-Mar 1995 Page 333-335
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