There are a number of different species of quail raised commercially:

  • Bobwhite quail - raised primarily for meat production or for release in hunting preserves, especially in southeastern United States
  • Coturnix (Japanese) quail - rasied for either meat or egg production depending on the strain used
  • Button and Chinese-painted quail - these two small species of quail are sometimes raised for aviaries or as companion birds


  • Quail is both singular and plural
  • Hen = adult female quail
  • Cock = adult male quail
  • chick/Cheeper = young (baby) quail