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Mearns Quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by drowe005, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. drowe005

    drowe005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2012
    Corapeake NC
    Just thought I'd share a few pictures of the new Mearns Quail. I've had them for about a month now, but today was the first day I was able to get decent pics.

    -- I'm also still trying to find out if any of you have Mearns; please respond if you do.

    [​IMG] Is it just me, or does this guy look like he is a small sculplture? haha



  2. Are these quail for hobby or eating? What is there purppose? They sure are pretty!
  3. drowe005

    drowe005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2012
    Corapeake NC
    Hobby/Conservation of the species. People do eat them when hunted in the wild (and the populations are VERY low), but I would say anyone who would eat them in captivity would be crazy --- Pairs go for $250-$450 each and eggs can sell for $30 an egg.

    I've seen people describe these birds as an artist who took a piece off of every single quail, and composed them all into just one quail.

    Like I said, I haven't had them too long, but am really enjoying them so far. It took me months to even be able to find any for sale.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012
  4. Thankyou. It is so great to see some one so excited over their hobby. I would like to see more pics as the birds mature.
  5. sheds

    sheds Out Of The Brooder

    Very nice birds, their on my want list and have spoken for some but wont be getting them till next summer.
  6. Ntsees

    Ntsees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2012
    I do not think there will be any further change in the feathers. Those are the adult feathers.
  7. WalkingNorth

    WalkingNorth Out Of The Brooder

    Beautiful birds! Never heard of these quails before
  8. keith123

    keith123 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 17, 2013
    Why mearns so valuable
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    These birds run wild in my territory and occasionally they are drawn in by the calls from my Bobwhites. Especially in the fall when my birds are calling in for the winter covey. They are becoming rare around here and in the wild. Gorgeous birds.

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