Sunday, December 28

Rain quail

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The rain quail (Coturnix coromandelica) belongs to the family Phasianidae. These birds are distributed in the Indian Subcontinent, viz., Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Nepal and Pakistan and also in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had categorized and evaluated these bird species and had listed them as of 'Least Concern'.

These quails are small birds, measuring 16 to 18 cm in length and weighing 65 to 85 grams. The male birds have a distinctive black patch on the breast. The male bird also has a distinctive black and white head pattern. They inhabit open grasslands. These rain quails feed on insects, grass, seeds, seeds and other plant matter. They breed during March to October. They are considered monogamous. The quail nest usually contains six to eight eggs and the female incubate the eggs.

Indian bird - Coturnix coromandelica
Indian bird - Rain quail - Coturnix coromandelica

Biological classification of Coturnix coromandelica
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Subfamily:Perdicinae
Genus:Coturnix
Species:C. coromandelica
Binomial name:Coturnix coromandelica
Distribution: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Gangetic plains and parts of peninsular India;
Feeding habits: seeds, insects;
IUCN status listing:Least Concern

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