King Quail

Scientific Name: Synoicus chinensis
Malay Name: Pikau Biru Asia
Chinese Name: 蓝胸鹑
Alternative Name(s): Blue-breasted Quail

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

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 (BirdLife International 2016)

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
eBird Species page: eBird (Blue-breasted Quail)

BirdLife International. (2016). Synoicus chinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.