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Blue Quail

Synoicus adansonii

The blue quail or African blue quail (Synoicus adansonii) is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found in Sub-Saharan Africa. The blue quail is 14–16.5 cm long. Its legs are yellow. The colour of the eyes varies from brown in the juvenile to red in the breeding male. The species is sexually dimorphic. The male's plumage is mostly dark slaty-blue, with rufous patches on its wings. The male has a black beak, a brown head, and a black and white throat. There is a white patch on its breast. Its flight feathers are brown. The forehead, sides of the head and neck, and flanks of the female are orange-buff. Its crown is brown, with black mottles. The female's beak is brownish. Its underparts are buff, with black bars, and its upperparts have black and rufous mottles and streaks. The juvenile is similar to the female.
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Joshua Carr
11 May 2018 - 8:44pm
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