First hybrid chick between Japanese quail and Harlequin quail

The pictures reported hereunder represents a day old chick resulting from the crossing between 1-0 Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) ‘Sparkley’ mutant and 0-1 Harlequin quail (Coturnix delegorguei).
They were many eggs but unfortunately only one was fertile …
The objective was trying to bring the ‘Sparkley’ gene of the Japanese quail into the African harlequin quail. (Coturnix delegorguei).
This mutation being inherently dominant, the probability of getting a mutant hybrid was 50%. The chick is born on September 7th, 2019.

The same bird aged 11 days. Photographed on September 18th, 2019.
Sometimes difficult to make them keeping his eyes open when taking the picture… but already clear to notice that the breast-pigmentation is not of a normal “wildtype” bird.
It is therefore a hybrid with the mutant gene!

The second stroke of luck: the hybrid carries the gene Sparkley and .. it’s a male!
This makes absolutely no doubt on those pictures taken at 45 days of life, October 21th, 2019.
This hybrid is absolutely incredible.

More pictures are visible in this post: HERE