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Large, distinctive, spectacular gamebird of tropical forest, brushy fields, and adjacent clearings. Rarely seen away from protected areas, where can be common and tame. Note orange head ‘warts,’ copper-colored wing panel, and iridescent blue-and-gold eyespots (‘ocelli’) on rump and tail tip. Often in groups; feeds on the ground, but roosts in trees. Beware: domestic turkeys are common in the range of Ocellated, but are usually around people.
Yearling Pair: $385

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BREED DETAIL-MEARNS QUAIL(Cyrtonyx montezumae) 
The Mearns look is certainly one of a kind. A small bird, weighing about 6 ounces, with a round body and short tale this Harlequin has a dark chest that is stunningly spattered with white spots and a series of bars and streaks on its back. The males will be a bolder black color with a more intricate facial pattern while the female will have a less distinguished head pattern and be brown in color. Juvenile birds will closely resemble the females.They prefer the mountainous areas of Arizona and south central and southwestern New Mexico for the dense grass cover. There, the Mearns enjoy dining on the underground tubers and bulbs of nut sedges and wood sorrel, capping off a meal with insects and grass seeds. When searching these birds out, it is wise to look for signs of small holes left behind from their digging and scratching out a good meal.Housing Mearns Quail much like other quail, mearns quail will “pop”. When started, they will have a burst of flight, usually straight up!  To ensure no damage to the quail from bonking their little heads on coop ceilings, be sure to have either “height” and “give” in your quail coop roof.We build outside coops for our quail, with and indoor and outdoor space so they can dust bath, and feel somewhat at home in a natural environment.Other breeders use smaller “boxed” coops, ensuring pairs are together and closely monitored for breeding.In this case a soft draped carpet below the roof line inside the coop will provide some “give” if they quail pops up.They will need constant access to clean water and food.  Maintain the higher protein feed, with crushed meal worms and fresh green vegetables for your healthiest quail!