coturnix chinensis

August 31, 2014 - King Quail, Button Quail, Chinese Painted Quail or Asian Blue Quail (Coturnix chinensis)

Requested by: sunquail

These small quails are found in Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan, and Australia. While they are often called button quails, they are in a different family and are more closely related to pheasants. They eat a variety of plant foods and some insects. Females may lay up to 14 eggs at a time and chicks mature quickly, reaching adulthood in a little over a month. King Quails are very common in captivity, where a variety of color mutations have been bred.