BOB WHITE QUAIL (hen)
© Laura Quick
About a month ago I came home with a dozen chicks, Two were bantam Seabrights, and one of them grew as it turned out, a rooster. So, not wanting a roo in my hen house, I traded the pair to a bantam chicken farmer. In exchange, he gifted me a covey of quail.
A dozen are “Georgia Giant” Bob White Quail. Sure you look at the photo and think brown bird, big whoop. But you’d be wrong. The color and patterning on these birds is really quite elaborate, as well as being functional as camouflage.
Bill: Short, curved, brown-black.
Size: 10 inches long with 15-inch wingspan, round body.
Colors: Brown, buff, rufous, white, black, gray.
Markings: Dimorphic species. Males have a white throat and brow stripe bordered by black. The overall rufous plumage has gray mottling on the wings and a gray tail, and the flanks show white scalloped stripes. Whitish underparts have black scallops. Females are similar but are duller overall and have a buff throat and brow without the black border. Both genders have pale legs and feet.
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