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Elegant Quail
(Callipepla douglasii)

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Elegant Quail

Callipepla douglasii
Photo by Allan Wautier


Additional Information

Breeding Season: Late April to June.

Breeding Age: First year.

Clutch Size: 8 to 12

Incubation Period:: 22-23 days.

Description - Male: The most notable feature is the golden-buff crest of the male. The head is dark, speckled with black and gray that extends to the throat. The sides of the neck are grayish-brown, the back and sides are brown, streaked with white. The breast and belly are gray and brown with large white spots. The legs, feet and bill are dark gray to black.

Description - Female: Females are similar to, but much duller than the male, overall mottled brown and gray.

Status in Captivity: This species has never been very common in captivity.

Misc Notes: This species is not as common as the other "desert" quails in captivity and are still rather expensive. They are nervous and flighty birds that require a roomy aviary. They are not winter hardy and will need protection from the cold. I have heard from other keepers that it is best to keep the birds in pairs for best fertility and to keep the hens from fighting.


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Bibliography and Further Reading

  • Hayes, LB. 1995. Upland Game Birds: Their Breeding and Care. Leland Hayes, Valley Center, CA.
  • Johnsgard, P.A. 1988. The Quails, Partridges, and Francolins of the World. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Madge, S., McGowan, P. 2002. Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.


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