An old, intensive male of Chinese painted quail, US Red-Breasted mutation.

This intensive, short-feathered US Red-breasted male is now very old.
I took those pictures on February 13th, 2021. He is more than 5 years old…
Often very older males start to develop white feathers when they never had any before.
It starts with the cheeks (a bit like old dogs) and then white feathers appear a bit randomly on the body, more often on the back.
From him, I produced many sons of exceptional quality (and without any white spots of course!)
It is with such males, mated to brown females with soft feathers that I have built my best US Red-breasted strain.

Ps: I really liked this male at the time because of his red iris eyes.
Wild, genetically pure birds also display this characteristic.