Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred animal myself
Posted Apr 07, 2015
Chinese Painted Button quail are a very tiny breed of gamebird. They come in a variety of colors, the males plumage being particularly colorful. While the breed is not a "cuddly" type, they do not mind being touched/handled. Usually they are kept as aviary birds and require a high protein diet contrary to the popular belief that they can suffice on their aviary mate's dropped seeds. I incubated my button quail from eggs and raised them for about a year. While they can be tame, I wouldn't suggest taking them out of their aviary as they tend to fly straight up when startled. Trust me, I learned this the hard way! Buttons are very delicate and fragile due to their small nature, unlike their larger counterparts of quail. Great birds to start out with in aviary as they are very easy to take care of and never fail to provide hours of entertainment with their silly antics.