Asian Blue Quail
The Asian Blue Quail (Coturnix chinensis), also known as the Chinese Painted Quail, King Quail or Blue-breasted Quail, is a species of bird in the same family as pheasants (Phasianidae) in the order Galliformes. In the wild it is found from southeastern Asia to Oceania with ten different subspecies. It is also sometimes known as “Button Quail”, though this is more commonly referred to similar-looking but distantly related birds of the genus Turnix. In Australia it is not listed as threatened on the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. However, it is listed as threatened on the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988), and considered endangered by an advisory list of threatened species in Victoria, Australia.
The Asian Blue Quail comes in many colors from blue to brown, silver, white, white and brown, gray, gray and white, blue-brown, etc. It can live up to 7 years in the wild and for a bird kept in captivity, it may live up to 13 years. This bird is often kept and bred and numerous mutations have been developed. Once adjusted to its surroundings, it becomes quite hardy and will keep the bottom of their aviary spotless. It is easy to care for and are cost efficient. The Asian Blue Quail has been known to become hand-tamed.
Females lay 5 to 13 eggs and no incubation starts until all eggs are laid. In captivity, it is good to remove eggs if more than 6 to 8 are laid as they go cold and die after 10 days. The eggs hatch after around 19 days and look a lot like chicken chicks, only smaller. Baby quail should be separated from any other quails except the mother. Other aviary birds should be kept away as well. The quails should have seed and water and should be in a dispenser or very shallow bowl. They should be kept away from other birds for at least 3 weeks.