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Upland game birds: brown quail (5th of 6)

Upland game birds: brown quail

The brown quail is similar to the California quail, but smaller. Its call is a chirp or whistle. Brown quail were introduced as game birds in the 1860s and 1870s, but many liberations failed. They are common only north of Auckland, in parts of the Bay of Plenty, and on a few offshore islands.

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Neil Deans, 'Game birds - Game birds in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Neil Deans, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 29 Apr 2015