Quails are a small gamebird - the combination of its stocky body and long, pointed wings makes it quite distinctive. Its upperparts are brown, streaked and barred with buff, while its underparts are a warm buffy orange.
Rarely seen, it is more often heard giving its distinctive 'wet-my lips' call.
It is the UK's only migrant gamebird, reaching the northern fringes of the its breeding range here. It is a Amber List species because of a partial recovery from its historical decline as a UK breeding species. It is listed on Schedule 1 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act.
What they eat:
Seeds and insects.
- UK breeding:
- 540 males