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Quail – The Small, Plump and Cute Bird

flying-quail image
Quails can only fly a short distance.

Spend the night in the Arizona desert and one of the first sounds you’ll hear in the morning is the distinctive call of the quail. This ground bird is found in many parts of the United States, including the southwest. Quails are small, plump birds with brown to bluish-gray feathers. A plume on the tops of their heads bob as they walk.

A Quail Perched on a Barrel Image - Science for Kids All About Quail
Quails are small, plump birds with brown to bluish-gray feathers. A plume on the tops of their heads bob as they walk.

In spring and summer, you’ll see mother quails walking through the desert or grasslands, their babies trailing behind them. Quails are sometimes hunted for their meat. In some places, they have been hunted almost to extinction.

A Quail Flying Image
Quails can only fly a short distance. Did you know this all about quail?

Fun Facts about Quails for Kids

  • Quails eat seeds, grain and insects.
  • Quails can lay 10 to 20 eggs at one time.
  • Cats, skunks, fox, snakes, owls and dogs hunt quail.
  • Quails usually live alone, but they form flocks in the fall.
  • Quails can only fly a short distance.
Quails Flying Away from a Fox Image
Cats, skunks, fox, snakes, owls and dogs hunt quail.

Quail Vocabulary

  1. Desert: hot, dry region
  2. Distinctive: unusual, easy to recognize
  3. Plump: chubby, round
  4. Plume: upright feathers
  5. Flock: group
A Baby Quail in the Nest Image
Quails build grassy nests on the ground.

Learn More All About Quail

Check out this nice video about the different kinds of quails:

A video about the quail species.

Quails in a Flock during Winter Image
Quails usually live alone, but they form flocks in the fall.

Quail Q&A

Question: Do quails build nests?

Answer: Quails build grassy nests on the ground.

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Question: Do mothers raise their babies alone?

Answer: Sometimes. At other times, groups of quails take care of the babies together.

 

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