Quail – 2003-07 breeding

Coturnix coturnixSofliarSummer visitor, erratic breeder.  Not recorded from January to March, or in November

Comparison with previous atlas:

1984-882003-07
Breeding confirmed1
Breeding probable711
Breeding possible1
No of tetrads occupied8 (of 478)12 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads1.7%2.5%

Small numbers of quail are detected in Pembrokeshire most summers. Usually they are located by call, only rarely are nests found and most probably do not attempt to breed. The number registered during the two five year surveys are typical of the normal level and pattern of occurrence in the county. Greater numbers are encountered during infrequent “invasion years”.  The last time this was experienced was in 1989 when at least 80 were recorded and both eggs and young were found.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Rees, et al. 2008, Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pembrokeshire 2003-07. Pembrokeshire Bird Group.

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