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Harlequin quail

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The Harlequin quail (Coturnix delegorguei) operate in scattered bush cover of open grassland, in particular where large seeds are in abundance. Along watercourses is another favoured area. The African Goshawk is a known predator.

Distribution: Irregularly scattered through central and northern Namibia, especially in Etosha extending east to Tsumkwe, the Caprivi, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi National Park and Chobe National Park.

Diet: Invertebrates such as beetles, grasshoppers, ants, termites, bugs and small snails. They also eat seeds of grasses and weeds.

Description: This small, short legged gamebird has short and rounded wings and are usually found in family groups or flocks. They are a nomadic species as opposed to migratory and are often attracted to lights with many being stunned or killed by flying into buildings.

Breeding: Females lay between 4 and 8 eggs in a grassland nest in peaked rainy season periods. Incubation periods are from 14 to 18 days and eggs may be moved to a new nesting site if disturbed.

Size: 16 to 19cm. Weight: 80g.

Fiume Bush Camp

A satellite camp to Fiume Lodge, the Bush Camp requires a minimum two night stay and is the base for top quality guided excursions to visit a local Bushman / San community

Nhoma Camp

A partially community owned camp - allows guest to gain an insight into the lives of the local Bushman community

Tsumkwe Lodge

In the town of Tsumkwe this lodge offers an opportunity to visit the local San communities

Namibia Tours