Because it is difficult to find good quality documentation about the hybrids from the different species of quails,
and also because there are unfortunately more and more malignant people in Belgium and the Netherlands who (mostly to earn money) have fun doing really stupid things,
it seemed very useful to me to build a small personal image database of quail hybrids.
It helps me to :
1) Learn how those hybrid birds look like
2)Spot hybrid birds for sale (and do not buy them)
I realize the hybridizations that interest me and take the pictures.
Produced offspring are never sold on the market.
This work will take me several years because hybridization is often difficult and does not lead directly to success…
I have not directly started to hybridize different species together but I firstly mixed two mutations of the same species of Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) to realize how the offspring would look like.
I made crossing between the mutations “Tennessee red” and “Mahogany barred” and was really very surprised to discover that this crossing produced a very recognizable offspring clearly showing a mix of the characteristics of both varieties.
Unfortunately, a dramatical incident caused by a wild animal one night in early 2019 put an end to my hopes of immortalizing these beautiful hybrids-birds that I had isolated in individual cages for the day of the photoshoot…
will be put to good use to try some other hybridizations, always for a totally informative purpose:
1) Harlequin quail (Coturnix delegorguei) x European quail (Coturnix coturnix)
• Hybrids chicks, born June 22th, 2019: HERE
• Hybrids young birds approx. 2 months old: HERE
2) Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) ‘Sparkley’ mutant x Harlequin quail (Coturnix delegorguei)
• Hybrid chick, born September 7th, 2019: HERE
• Hybrid chick, 45 days old: HERE
3) Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) x Chinese painted quail (Coturnix chinensis)
4) California valley quail (Callipepla californica) x Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
5) Purchased hybrids birds resulting from the mating between Masked bobwhite (Colinus virginianus ridgwayi) and Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus): HERE
will be the year of some new experimentations :