Elliot Pheasants





Impeyans are native to the Himalayas, from eastern Afganistan to western China. Impeyans live in mountainous terrains in the wild and are well adapted to handle cold weather. If they are being kept in warm climates plenty of shade should be provided in the summer months. Impeyans love to dig and will destroy any grass or vegetation in their pen. They do best kept in pairs in a large aviary with sandy soil. They lay a clutch of 4-6 eggs which are incubated for about 28 days. Impeyan males do not achieve their brilliant color or breed until they are two years old.






                                     Mikado Pheasant






Temminicks Tragopans can be found in northeastern India, and northern Vietnam to central China. They are a very popular aviary bird. They are very calm and easily tamed down. They do best kept in pairs in a larger aviary. The males are not usually aggressive towards their mates, but cover should be provided for the hen. The hens prefer an elevated nest site, and lay a clutch of 3-6 eggs which are incubated for about 28 days. Temminicks hens may lay at a year old but the males do not color out until they reach two, thus usually resulting in infertile eggs.








                                       Mountain Quail




Gambels quail are found in south western United States and parts of Mexico. Gambles are one of the more commonly kept quail in collections. They should be kept on wire and can be kept in small groups given enough space. The hens are prolific layers and if eggs are collected they will keep laying for weeks. They will nest if left alone and lay a clutch of 10-15 eggs which are incubated for about 23 days. Gambles reach maturity and breed at one year old.






                        California Valley Quail 





Mexican Speckled quail are a color mutation of the Bobwhite quail. They are one of the easiest quail to probagate although should be kept on wire they are an extremely hardy bird. They will breed their first year and hens will lay large numbers of eggs, sometimes laying all summer long. Their eggs are incubated for about 21 days. 




Elliots originated from southeastern China and are an avicultural favorite. Although declining in their native habitat, they are well represented in captivity. Elliots can be kept in pairs or trios as long as ample space is provided. Elliot males can show agression to their hens so plenty of cover for the hens to escape should be provided. While Elliot males acquire their adult plumage their first year, although breeding is not often achieved until they are two. The hens lay a clutch of 6-8 eggs which are incubated for about 25 days.






                                 Impeyan Pheasants 





Mikados are native to the forests of Taiwan. Mikados are a fairly easy bird to breed and males very seldom become aggressive with their hens. They can be kept in pairs or trios if established at a young age. Cover for the hens is recommended not only to nest in but to escape advances from the males. Being forest dwellers they should have some shade in the summer. They lay a clutch of 8-10 eggs which are incubated for about 28 days. Males achieve adult plumage the first year, and some year old pairs will produce fertile eggs. 







                                Temminicks Tragopan 








Mountain quail are found in western North America. They are a beautiful larger quail highly sought after in captivity, although proving a little harder to probagate than most quail. They should be kept on wire and can be kept in pairs or trios. The young can be troublesome to raise as they like to peck each others toes to the point of actually amputating each others toes. This can be minimized by not over crowding young birds. They will breed at one year old and lay a clutch of 10-15 eggs which are incubated for about 24 days.





                                       Gambels Quail 





California Valley quail are native to the western United States and have been successfully introduced in Hawaii. Coming from such a diverse range they do well in most climates and are very popular in captivity. They can be kept in pairs or small colonies but should be kept on wire. The hens will produce large numbers of eggs if they are collected but will become broody and nest on their own. They lay a clutch of 9-14 eggs which are incubated for about 23 days. Valley Quail will readily breed their first year.





                                 Mexican Speckled Quail

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