Mountain quail are definitely our favourite breed of quail! They can be tamed, they are inquisitive and look absolutely stunning. The male call is enjoyable to listen to and as you can see from our Mountain quail photos, we have got them to eat from our hands – something that’s near impossible with many other quail!
Without doubt, Mountain quail are a rare species in the UK. From our experience, they are difficult to breed and laying eggs is sparce, no where near as regular as breeds like Blue Scale or Gambels quail. Other breeders may have different information on this, but this is what we’ve found from our Mountain quail. Due to the rarity of the Mountain quail, they command a high price, being over £200 for a pair. Eggs prices vary and during the last few years, we’ve seen a big increase of ‘fake’ mountain quail eggs being sold on auction websites, with people taking advantage of the high prices they can sell for.
We receive a massive amount of inquiries for Mountain quail every year, the demand far exceeding what we can supply. We are actively looking for new bloodlines of Mountain quail to increase our breeding capacity.
The incubation period for Mountain quail is 21 – 25 days and the chicks like to feed on small mealworm more than the quail mix that the adults eat. More information on what we feed our quail can be found here.
The Mountain quails average length is 26–28 cm, with a wingspan of 35–40 cm. They have relatively short, rounded wings and long, featherless legs. Mountain quail are easily recognized by their top knots, which are a lot longer in the males. Both have a brown face, grey breast, brown back and primaries, and heavily white barred underside.
An interesting Mountain quail fact
“Sub fossil remains of Mountain quail have been found, for example at Rocky Arroyo in the Guadalupe Mountains and Shelter Cave, New Mexico. There is enough habitat these days for the Mountain quail to exist anymore at the location. The bones date found from the end of the last ice age around 8000 BC.“