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Japanese Quail Coturnix japonica


Category E

Native Range

Asia. Breeds in eastern Russia, Mongolia and Japan and winters in Korea and south-east China

British Occurence

Kept for production of quail eggs and for meat with hens for sale at around £5 (in 2017). My own garden and neighbouring ones were visited by numerous Japanese Quails some years ago which I think had escaped from a nearby falconer. The ones that survived the local cats and collisions with greenhouses were housed with the pet rabbit and produced eggs and pleasant chirps for several years.

Where to see Japanese Quail in captivity

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