Common Quail Coturnix coturnix


Aubrais, O.; Hemon, Y. A.; Guyomarc'h, J. -C. 1986. [Habitat and use of space in the Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix coturnix) at the onset of the breeding period]. Gibier Faune Sauvage: 317-342.

BirdLife International. 2015. European Red List of Birds. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg.

Chazara, O., Minvielle, F., Roux, D., Bed’hom, B., Feve, K., Coville, J. L., Kayang, B.B., Lumineau, S., Vignal, A., Boutin, J –M. and Rognon, X. 2010. Evidence for introgressive hybridization of wild common quail (Coturnix coturnix) by domesticated Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) in France. Conservation Genetics 11(3): 1051-1062.

Cramp, S. and Simmons, K.E.L. 1980. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The birds of the western Palearctic, Volume II: Hawks to Bustards. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.

Guyomarc'h, J. -C.; Saint-Jalme, M. 1986. [Reproduction in the common Quail (Coturnix coturnix). II: Growth and sexual maturation in chicks]. Gibier Faune Sauvage: 281-295.

Guyomarc'h, J.-C. 1992. [Structure, functioning and microevolution in European Quail (Coturnix c. coturnix) populations of the western Palearctic]. Gibier Faune Sauvage: 387-401.

McGowan, P.J.K., de Juana, E. and Boesman, P. 2013. Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. and de Juana, E. (eds), Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Perennou, C. 2009. European Management Plan 2009-2011: Common Quail Coturnix coturnix. Office for Official Publications of the European Community. Luxembourg.

Rodriguez-Teijeiro, J. D.; Puigcerver, M.; Gallego, S. 1992. Mating strategy in the European quail (Coturnix c. coturnix) revealed by male population density and sex ratio in Catalonia (Spain). Gibier Faune Sauvage: 377-386.

Tucker, G.M.; Heath, M.F. 1994. Birds in Europe: Their Conservation Status. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Further resources

IUCN SSC Galliformes Specialist Group

Detailed species account from Birds in Europe: population estimates, trends and conservation status (BirdLife International 2004)

Detailed species account from European Red List of Birds (BirdLife International 2015)

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Media resources
Euro Bird Portal

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Coturnix coturnix. Downloaded from on 19/08/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 19/08/2022.