Quail color identification examples (adult/fully feathered)

410farmer

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Anything special about this Italian has a lot more black and white markings then the others. And which color is this brown one
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HeatherN

Chirping
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Feb 19, 2013
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Do all the experienced quail keepers on this thread have a favorite article/website/whatever that explains Coturnix varieties and the genetics behind them? I am having a tough time finding good info that doesn't contradict others. Thanks!
 

Fenrisulfr

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Anything special about this Italian has a lot more black and white markings then the others. And which color is this brown one View attachment 2276200 View attachment 2276201 View attachment 2276202
The Italian hen is just a variation, like some ppl are more tan as others, as far as I experienced.

The brown one is very interessting, but unfortunately I have no specific genetic explaination, ... only that extended brown is incomplete dominant and something uncommon is mixed with it. But really nice!
 

MageofMist

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Dec 9, 2016
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I think Scrappy may actually have some African Coturnix in him, as he has a very dark face compared to a regular Japanese Quail of the Pharaoh morph. He does have the regular Japanese Quail crow.

Regular Japanese Quail
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Coturnix coturnix africana
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Scrappy
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Fenrisulfr

Songster
Mar 30, 2020
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The brown one is very interessting, but unfortunately I have no specific genetic explaination, ... only that extended brown is incomplete dominant and something uncommon is mixed with it. But really nice!
I just thought about it and looked more intensiv in the pic... and just think it can be more a Pansy/Italian mix 🤔
 

HeatherN

Chirping
7 Years
Feb 19, 2013
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California
@MageofMist The Coturnix Breeders of America FB page has this helpful image on it
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As with any lineage with multiple species involved, your may have a bit of a different proportion of each species. Seems coturnix are just super variable too! Lovely dude
 

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MageofMist

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@MageofMist The Coturnix Breeders of America FB page has this helpful image on it
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As with any lineage with multiple species involved, your may have a bit of a different proportion of each species. Seems coturnix are just super variable too! Lovely dude
Me: "Ya a mutt Scrappy"
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Scrappy: "Eh?"
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Scrappy: "Meh, I slep."

On a more serious note, that is fascinating. =o So Japanese and the migratory Common Quail are essentially super hybrids? Makes the fact that Common Quail migrate and breed both in Europe and Africa possibly an adaptation to keep genetic diversity perhaps? XD Either way, I adore Scrappy's interesting plumage, though he has about as much migratory instinct as a rock.
 

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