Conturnix noises and behaviours dictionary

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quailswiss, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. quailswiss

    quailswiss Out Of The Brooder

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    Thinking of the hours of puzzled observation when I first got my quail, I tought it would be really useful to compile a "quail language dictionary" perhaps with video or at least sound. Anybody join in?
     
  2. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    I'd like to see/hear that :)
     
  3. owlett5

    owlett5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds like fun!! I'll see if I can catch video. So far this is what I have discovered:

    (gentle quiet sound): eeeeeeeee! Pep-pep-pep-pep-pep. . . = "Good morning sun!" (as their lights have turned on) and/or "I am/have laid an egg today."


    (low growl)" Grrrrrrrrrrr= "I am in control, have control of the situation, am thinking about something, dont bug me"

    (soft high pitched sound) Ka-cheep!Ka-Cheep!Ka-Cheep! = "Whoa guys, pay attention! Something is fishy" (this usually will cause all of them to go quiet and hunker down like a predator is coming)

    (Very loud alarmed sound) CHEEPCHEEPCHEEP! = "HOLY CRAP I AM ALONE! WHERE IS EVERYONE!?" or "OMG SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT! -babies-" (common in babies under distress or from adults that escaped somewhere and can't find the flock)

    (soft) bip?bipbipbipbip . . bip: "I am having a normal day, just walking around, doo bee doo, nothing wrong, what's up guys? Food???"


    (startled high pitched) Ka-eep!!: "Ow! Ah!"


    (very loud crow) KAAA-CAG-GLGAGGLE!! "I am a male! I'm awesome! I want ladies! And I just want the world to know I am TOTALLY here!"
     
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