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Blue Quail - BirdForum Opus

Synoicus adansonii



  • Brown head, cheeks and side of head


Africa south of the Sahara:
Western Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal


This is a monotypic species[1].

Sometimes considered a subspecies of Blue-breasted Quail[2] and placed in genus Excalfactoria. Formerly placed in genus Coturnix.


Wet grasslands and cultivated areas.



They nest in a ground scrape. The clutch consists of 6-9 olive-green or pale yellowish-brown eggs which are incubated for 16 days.


The diet includes grass and weed seeds, green vegetation, insects and molluscs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Animal Diversity

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