King Quail

Scientific Name: Synoicus chinensis
Alternate Name: Blue-breasted Quail
Malay Name: Pikau Biru Asia
Chinese Name: 蓝胸鹑

Found from Indian Subcontinent to Southern China, Southeast Asia and Australia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: chinensis, trinkutensis, lineatus, lepidus, victoriae, colletti

Local Subspecies: chinensis

Size: 13-15 cm

Identification: Male has slaty-blue head, breasts and flanks, blackish throat with enclosed white malar and throat patches, chestnut lower breast to vent and yellowish-orange legs. Female is larger than male and has buff-orange supercilium and brownish overall plumage with distinctive blackish bars on breast and flanks. Juvenile resembles female.

Similar looking species: Barred Buttonquail

Habitat: Dry to slightly marshy grassland and scrub.

Behaviour/Ecology: Skulking and difficult to flush.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat,


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia