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Old Yesterday, 05:48 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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That bird appears sick or injured, which is probably why it couldn't fly far. Any time you see a bird on its own that is standing like that in that hunched up posture with its feathers fluffed up all over and wing tips drooping it is sick or injured, weak and cold and likely starving.


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Old Yesterday, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Yes - all the links pointed to sellers who were raising them.

Unfortunately I actually saw this earlier in the year and still hadn't been able to identify it so he is long gone.

And I did notice it couldn't fly very far even though it wasn't obviously injured. Wonder if that's kind of bred into it the way it is for the modern turkey?
Often, when previously-wild birds or animals are bred in captivity, to develop certain unnatural characteristics, they lose some of the abilities they would need to survive out on their own. For the many captive generations it took to develop the "snowflake" color pattern in those quail, they didn't need to fly to survive.

So the "use it or lose it" principle applied and their flying capabilities declined. Those that had lesser abilities to fly, would have been caught and eaten by something in the wild and wouldn't have reproduced. Sometimes what they lose is in their behavior and wariness of predators. The difference in smarts between wild turkeys and domestic ones, is considerable.
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Old Today, 12:28 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Nice job....how did you find it???
Googled quail white with black spots. Looked at images. It was sheer dumb luck more than anything. Lol
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Old Today, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Googled quail white with black spots. Looked at images. It was sheer dumb luck more than anything. Lol

Hee hee...and I thought I had some good bird books but no id with them...
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