One of the most sought after quail in North America is the Mearns quail. It sometimes is confused with another popular quail also sometimes called the Harlequin. The African Harlequin is not the Mearns Harlequin. The African Harlequin comes from South Africa while the Mearns comes from the southern United States and Mexico.
The confusing factor is that the Mearns has many names. It is called the Harlequin quail, Black quail,
Censorial quail, Codorniz
Encinara, Codorniz Pinta, crazy quail, Mearns quail, painted quail and many more.
Mearns Quail are not recommended for beginners.
They are difficult to raise and hence the price for
them is higher than other more common quail.
This species is real joy to have in your aviary.
Unlike the active and nervous desert quail. Therefore
they do not require a larger pen than most quail. We keep our
Mearns on the ground as well as on wire. Our cages include many branches for perching and a pan of sand for a dust bath.