We have 8 Japanese Quail, all named ‘Old Macdonald'
The quail are flighty birds which like to escape the cage given the chance.
The Japanese quail is a small bird of the pheasant family that is found in East Asia. First considered a subspecies of the common quail, it was distinguished as its own species in 1983.
The Japanese quails are actually the domesticated forms of the common quails. The earliest records of domesticated populations of this breed are from Japan during the 12th century.
Although, there is evidence that the species was actually domesticated as early as the 11th century. Previously these birds were bred as songbirds, and it is thought that they were regularly used in song contest. Our quail love to sing, however, they do sound very similar to frogs.
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