King Quail

Growth Size

The King Quail can grow to a length of 13 – 15cm.

Lifespan

2 – 5 years.

Temperament

King Quails are a hardy bird, and one of the most popular Quail to keep. They are happy to share an aviary with Finches and Parrots, and will keep the floor fastidiously clean.

Training Difficulty

Difficult, but not impossible to train. King Quails can learn very simple tricks and behaviours.

Recommended Owners

Fairly easy to take care of, these birds are recommended for any beginners interested in keeping Quail.

Origin

Quails have been kept in captivity since the late 1800s. They were brought from Asia to Europe by travellers where their popularity grew. It was thought that the Quails would bring good fortune to those who kept them.

Diet

A commercial Parrot food supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables. A cuttlefish bone should also be provided. These birds also love live food, and will greedily gobble down any available insects, such as crickets.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Provide a dish of sand, as Quail prefer to give themselves sand baths, rather than bathing in water.

Comments

One of the most interesting behaviours of the King Quail is a little dance called 'tidbitting'. The males pick up a piece of food and make 'peep' sounds while offering it to a female.