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Quail are experts in camouflage, say researchers

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | January 17, 2013

Quail are experts in camouflage, say researchers

Researchers say the quail are experts in camouflage.

It turns out that quail are experts in camouflage, especially ground-nesting Japanese quail. According to researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology, mother quail are familiar enough with the patterning of their own eggs that they can choose laying spots to hide them best.

According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Japanese quail are a ground-dwelling and nesting bird. They build strong, sturdy nests on the ground and usually camouflaged under vegetation. This type of quail mature at six weeks of age and are usually in full egg production by 50 days of age.

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