The Painted Bush Quail can be seen pretty much all around the Indian subcontinent however, they mostly found between 1800 and 6000 feet (600 – 2000 meters) above sea level.
They prefer hanging around in grasslands adjacent to woodlands and in watery habitats. They seem to live in monogamy.
Their nests are scraped shallow holes under scrubs which are carefully padded with grass. Normally lay 4-7 eggs and incubates them for 21 days. Depending on weather conditions the Painted Bush quail would raise up to two batches in a season. Their curiosity is that their chicks are said to be able to fly right on the day of hatching even though they’re not much bigger than a hornet.
Their diet consists of various crop seeds, weeds and roots. As a food supplement they would occasionally consume termites.
The Painted Bush Quail has 2 known subspecies:
- Perdicula Erythrorhyncha Erythrorhyncha
- Perdicula Erythrorhyncha Blewitti
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The following guidance and drawings will describe you in detail how to build a simple quail cage that will hold up to 12 Japanese or Jumbo Japanese Quail. This size should be enough to provide healthy quail eggs for a small family.
If we want to keep Japanese quails for eggs on a small scale we have pretty much 3 options as to where to keep them. The first two options are maybe fancier but these will produce the least amount of eggs for your family. We won’t discuss them in detail but we’ll mention them anyway.