Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica) - HBW 2, p. 509
French: Caille du Japon
Spanish: Codorniz Japonesa
Other common names: Asian Migratory Quail
Taxonomy: C. vulgaris japonica Temminck and Schlegel, 1849, Japan.
Forms superspecies with C. coturnix, and possibly also with C. pectoralis. Present species has been considered a race of C. coturnix, but they are apparently sympatric in Mongolia. Monotypic.
Distribution: Breeds in E Asia, from N Mongolia, NE through Baikal region to Vitim region in EC Russia, E to Sakhalin I, and S to Japan, Korea and NE China (E Shandong); winters S from C Japan and C China W through NW Thailand and N Burma to NE India (Assam) and Bhutan. Records from NW Bangladesh usually ascribed to C. coturnix, but may actually be applicable to present species. May breed in Buthan and Burma. Introduced to Hawaiian Is.
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Chicks cheeping and feeding Locality Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain
Joe Angseesing 10 September 2015 27 weeks ago 37 sec 4
A female incubating and another walking Locality Bronx Zoo, New York City, New York, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 24 June 2005 9 years ago 29 sec 4
A male walking and hidding on the grass. Locality Happy Island, Hebei, China (Northern) (Monotypic species)
Eldert Groenewoud 4 May 2008 7 years ago 24 sec 3.8
male feeding in a recently burned area Locality Chongming Island, Shanghai, China (Northern) (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 19 April 2008 6 years ago 26 sec 3.8
male calling Locality Chongming Island, Shanghai, China (Northern) (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 19 April 2008 6 years ago 26 sec 3.7
crouching on road in car headlights at night, runs in to vegetation Locality Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 11 March 2007 4 years ago 14 sec 3
Single bird on ground, side view
Locality New Taipei City (Taipei County), Taiwan
Dave Irving 26 October 2014 1 year ago 4.1
Female in migration stop over.
Locality Taipei City, Taiwan (Monotypic species)
Fran Trabalon 26 October 2013 1 year ago 3.3
An adult bird on a ground.
Locality Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, Budapest, Hungary (Monotypic species)
Tomasz Doroń 30 January 2014 2 years ago 3.2
A bird flushed.
Locality Yangkouzhen, Rudong, Jiangsu, China (Northern) (Monotypic species)
Eric Roualet 30 April 2015 44 weeks ago 3
Japanese Quail, tired migrant, lateral view.
Locality Beidaihe, Hebei, China (Northern)
Mark Andrews 15 May 2006 6 years ago 2.5
A bird crossing a dirt road
Locality Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands
Aleix Comas 30 July 2009 6 years ago 2.3