Chestnut backed Button Quail
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Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws" page.
Housing Requirements: Click on "Quail" web page for general details on the housing of quail or read on for specific details for this bird.
Compatible with most finches, small parrots, doves and pigeons. Best breeding results are with one pair per aviary. Likes to have low growing shrubs with leaf litter and growing tall grasses or cereal grains (eg. wheat) will help this species feel happy and secure. These birds tend to do a lot of floor scratching so a generous layer of leaf litter is appreciated and will keep them active and healthy. These birds like to scratch or dig "holes" in the earthen floors and these craters are called platelets. Care must be taken to ensure these quail have not scratched the soil and/or floor litter into the food or water bowls.
This species should be the only ground dwelling bird in the aviary. 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 site.
If these quail are startled they tend to fly off the floor at a steep angle and often hit the roof at a solid speed. This can cause severe head injuries or at worst the death of the quail. Wing feather clipping can minimize this potential problem. Wing feather clipping also minimizes the risk of the quail flying into or onto the finch nesting sites and disturbing the nesting or roosting finches and/or small parrots.
Quail that are noisy, especially during the night or in the early morning, should be housed in an aviary most distant away from neighbours.
Diet / Feeding: Click on "Quail" web page for general details on the nutrition of quail or read on for specific details for this bird.
In the wild, the diet includes seeds from grasses and herbaceous plants, assorted vegetable matter and a variety of insects.
In the aviary, a basic finch/quail seed mix plus a variety of insects is required. Offer vegetable green foods and seeding grasses as per "Quail" web page. May eat some of the commercial poultry pellets or commercial quail pellets. Mealworms, small crickets, small locusts, small cockroaches and most insects found in suburban gardens can be offered. Adequate supply of insects is essential at breeding time.
Nesting: A basic overview only.
Breeding: Egg Colour White, sometimes with light brown speckles. Clutch/s per year...... Eggs per nest 4. Incubation approx. 14 - 15 days. Fledge approx. ? days/weeks. Independent approx. another ? days/weeks.
Cock bird incubates the eggs and cares for the young.
Nest on the ground as per other quail species.
Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here. Refer "Specific References" as listed below and "General References" listings.
Health Issues: Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.