– Size: 0 to 1-1/2 pounds and 8 to 12 inches long
– Newborn quail can fly short distances just a week after birth.
– A group of quails is called a “covey.”
Where to Find Them
Like most upland birds, quail can be found where there is food, water, and cover. Although quail can sometimes be found near human activity, the best chances for finding them are in the most remote areas.
Quails form coveys of 10 – 100 to help ward off predators, such as hawks, owls, and foxes. When a hunter approaches, quail will squawk and fly off in all directions. During the spring, the covey breaks up and the quail pair for mating.
When the covey is flushed, be ready for erratic flight and dispersal in every direction.
It’s not uncommon for some quail to head toward you before breaking away, so firing safely should always be your primary concern when hunting these birds with other hunters.