Wild life and nature of Samos, Ikaria & Fournoi

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Birds

Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix)

Description

The Quail has a length of 18cm and can weigh between 70-100g for males, and 85-135g for females. This is quite a secretive and small game-bird, that doesn’t reveal its presence even if there is a nearby threat, walking and getting into cover instead of flying.The Quail has a small, round bird, with a black and white stripe along its head. Females have a white chin instead.The Quail are a illusive bird, and the only way of knowing their presence is the whistle that the Male produces, which can be interpreted to sound like ‘wet-my-lips’.

Habitat

The Quail inhabits open fields with tall vegetation, such as grassy meadow, corn-fields.

Diet

They feed predominately on seeds and invertebrates.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

Despite being a game bird, it is a migrating bird that travels low over the Mediterranean Sea, where some migrate to North Africa’s Sahel over the Winter.Due to the botany of quails, some may be poisonous to eat due certain plants they have consumed. 

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