Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail male
Chestnut-bellied Scaled Hens female
Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail Female Winter
Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail pair

The Elusive Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail

More people have heard of the Blue Scaled Quail, Callipepla squamata, also known as the Texas Blue Scaled Quail, but less are aware of the various subspecies of Scaled Quail. There are 4 known subspecies of Blue Scaled Quail. We happen to breed Callipepla squamata castanogastris, known as the Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail. This subspecies does exist in the wild but is rarely seen. The Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail has been sighted in Western Texas in isolated areas. There are very few people that breed them in captivity. As a result, these quail are very rare.

Besides for their rarity, we also keep the Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail because hunters enjoy the Scaled Quail in general. We figure that we could participate on various breeding programs to help increase the numbers of Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail in the wild, in captivity for hobbyists, and for controlled programs that various hunting grounds provide. We can't say we've tried their meat or their eggs since we are sparing them for breeding purposes only. They tend to be a little more flighty than the Valley Quail or the Northeastern Bobwhite, but once you provide them some wild bird seed frequently, they tend to calm down.

To help this subspecies, we have procured a diverse gene pool so that the best quality Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quails are being bred under our care. Whether you're interested in restocking your hunting ground, wildlife conservancy, or for your own private aviary, Überchic Ranch is prepared to provide you with this elusive quail.

  • Peaceful
  • Striking
  • Drought-Tolerant
  • Alert
  • Very Rare
  • Excellent Pedigree
  • Starter Quail
  • Easy to Breed
  • Flight-Capable

Excellent Drought Tolerance

The Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail does well in arid deserts, due to naturally being adaptive throughout Western Texas and into Northern Mexico.

Alert and Inquisitive Demeanor

The always alert Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail may be timid at first but will calm down once you give treats. They aren't as wild or aggressive as other species of quail.

Community Birds

If the Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail has enough space requirements and is placed with other community birds, you will find a peaceful aviary.

Healthy and Beautiful Birds

Over the years, we've purchased many varities of chickens, pheasants, and quail [from Überchic]. The birds grew into beautiful specimens. We thoroughly enjoy their company as well as their eggs.

Jim O'Toole (Derry, NH USA)

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