PHAROAH – COTURNIX QUAIL
I aim to develop purebred PHAROAH QUAIL BREEDING GROUPS or PHAROAH QUAIL HATCHING EGGS that I intend to introduce to NZ breeders
(I also breed Golden Italian, White and Tibetan Coturnix Quail and have eggs and breeding groups on offer. )
The Pharoah Quail (Coturnix coturnix Japonica) has similar characteristics and colour to the wild quail (Coturnix coturnix). These birds are native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa. Migratory habits resulted in some birds landing in Egypt and this is where the initial domestication has happened. Since the twelfth century these birds have been raised in Japan for meat, eggs and as pets (hey loved their singing). Coturnix Quails were introduced into the United States in 1870. Even though the Pharoah and Wild Quails are very closely related they normally to not naturally interbreed, even in Europe where wild flocks of both strains would be found in the same area. They have yellow/ brown speckled plumage with a white stripe above the eye. Males have rusty brown breast feathers. The Pharoah colouring is exactly as for the Wild Quails. Birds are well adapted to cage conditions.
At present there are a few true breeding mutations of the Coturnix Quail, of which the PHAROAH is one. It is my intention to keep this strain pure and not mix it with other strains such as the Golden Italian, Tibetans, and Whites all which I also breed. Each of these strains has specific characteristics such as plumage, conformation and size, temperament, egg and meat production ability, etc. These characteristics I intend to maintain and develop for each strain within the limitations provided by the limited genetic material available. Careful responsible breeding and strenuous selection would result in birds with as low an inbreeding co-efficient as possible and hopefully a more disease resistant, highly fertile, healthy, happy, beautiful and productive quail at the end of the day.
With the project in its infancy it is not possible to guarantee 100 % true colouring from eggs., but I am confident that I will reach my goal with careful selecting.