Common Quail

Hunting season: Second Saturday of August – November 30

Quail is a migratory bird for BuIgaria. Its small size, sudden take-off, and swift flight make quail hunting one of the most dynamic and enjoyable experiences. The hunt is usually with pointing dogs. When spooked by the dog, the quail doesn’t fly on great distances and can be easily found again. Quail meat is a real delicacy, especially at the end of the season, when birds have more fat.

Scientific Name: Coturnix coturnix

Habitat: terrestrial species, feeding on seeds and insects on the ground. It is notoriously difficult to see, keeping hidden in crops, and reluctant to fly, preferring to creep away instead. Even when flushed, it keeps low and soon drops back into cover.

Description: small, round bird, essentially streaked brown with a white eyestripe, and, in the male, a white chin. It measures roughly 18.0–21.9 cm and weighs 91–131 g.

Hunting method: Walking up

Hunting available in: All areas of distribution in Bulgaria.