Harlequin quail

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Harlequin quail
Harlequin Quail (Coturnix delegorguei) (6035291347), crop1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Coturnix
C. delegorguei
Binomial name
Coturnix delegorguei

Coturnix fornasini Bianconi 1865 [2][3]

The harlequin quail (Coturnix delegorguei) is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Arabian Peninsula.[4] The species is named after the collector, Adulphe Delegorgue.


Drawing of the head

There are three subspecies:[5][4]


The uncontrolled introduction of domestic Japanese quail breeds into Kenya, as well as a noticeable population size reduction of wild African harlequin quail numbers in parts of Western Kenya has been reported.[6]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Coturnix delegorguei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22678961A92796214. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678961A92796214.en. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ Bianconi, J. Josephi (1864). "Specimina zoologica Mosambicana. Fasciculus XIV". Memorie della Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna. 2 (in Latin). 4: 519 at 521–522.
  3. ^ Ogilvie-Grant, William Robert (1892). "Notes on the Genus Coturnix". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 6. 10 (56): 173. doi:10.1080/00222939208677386.
  4. ^ a b Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018
  5. ^ "Coturnix delegorguei". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  6. ^ Ogada, Stephen; Otecko, Newton O.; Moraa Kennedy, Grace; Musina, John; Agwanda, Bernard; Obanda, Vincent; Lichoti, Jacqueline; Peng, Min‐Sheng; Ommeh, Sheila (December 2021). "Demographic history and genetic diversity of wild African harlequin quail ( Coturnix delegorguei delegorguei ) populations of Kenya". Ecology and Evolution. 11 (24): 18562–18574. doi:10.1002/ece3.8458. ISSN 2045-7758. PMC 8717324. PMID 35003693.

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