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QUAIL (Bobwhite)

New World quail are also known as bobwhite, and in the American South are sometimes called partridge.

Mountain Quail

American quail (bobwhite) have about 1 to 2 ounces of light lean breast meat, with a sweet, nutty flavor and delicate texture.  They may be roasted, grilled, braised or sauteed.  European quail have darker flesh with a richer flavor.

Quail eggs are considered a delicacy in many countries.  The patterned shell encases a yolk that is very large in proportion to the size of the quail egg.  Quail eggs are enjoyed for their delicate flavor.

Quail eggs are the smallest commercial eggs marketed.

Quail (European) have been bred domestically for over 4,000 years.


Old world quail are shorter and stockier then American quail, and are migratory birds.

Missouri designated the Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus) as the Official State Game Bird in 2007.

The Bobwhite Quail was designated as the Official Game Bird of Tennessee in 1988.

The California Valley Quail (Lophortyx californica) was designated California's official state bird in 1931.



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