I am no longer breeding any Harlequin Quail.
My birds have stopped producing.
I will not be offering these for sale any longer
The African Harlequin Quail
The African Harlequin Quail - Coturnix delegorguei
These quail are native to the southern part of the African Continent and apparently have been kept and bred in European aviaries for many decades.
Harlequin quail are larger than Button Quail but smaller than Coturnix quail, I would said 2 times larger than a Button and 1/3 the size of the average large Coturnix.
They are extremely tame compared to all other types of quail and very curious about their owners, to the point of being at your feet constantly if you are in their aviary.
They mature fast, about 10 weeks of age and females are laying eggs. The eggs are about 2 times the size of a Button quail egg and they hatch in 15 days. This is the shortest incubation period of any quail I have kept. They have a reputation for producing many infertile eggs. Don't waste your time or money buying eggs to hatch, chances are NONE will, and I am totally serious. Instead if you can buy young birds and hopefully you will be able to hatch some of your own eggs.
The young are very easy to raise, with the same requirements as any similar quail chick.
I have kept Harlequin quail for several years but I must say every year or two they go totally sterile and no eggs hatch. I have had this happen before and I simply bought new birds and started all over but Im DONE, I will not do it again. Too expensive and I am no longer interested in keeping this species.
At this time all my females have stopped laying eggs and I will not be replacing them.
Photos of Harlequin male and female and their eggs
2 male Harlequins
A pair of Harlequins in nature.