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.

Featured reports: May 2022, Jun 2022

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.