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Male calling
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, 6 July 2018
Coturnix coromandelica


16–18 cm (6¼-7 in)

  • Black and white head pattern
  • Black breast-patch

Similar Species

Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, 6 July 2018

The female from female is very similar to both Common Quail and Japanese Quail but the breast spots are more delicate.


South Asia: found in Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Andaman Islands
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand


This is a monotypic species[1].


Mostly open land, grassland, scrub, agrarian wilderness, tea plantations.



These birds nest from March to October. The clutch consists of 6-8 eggs which are laid in a ground scrape. They are incubated by the female alone. The young are nidifugous, leaving the nest and feeding themselves almost immediately after hatching.


Call: a musical, metallic chrink-chrink.

Recording © by Alok Tewari
Two individuals, one near and other far, calling at day-break; they come to the area during summer/monsoon.
Background calls by Plain Prinia and Zitting Cisticola and a passing airplane, are also heard.
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India. 6 July 2018.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2016)
  4. Wikipedia

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