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Male or Female?

•Males only have the brick red coloring around the vent
•Males are the only sex to have Grey Blue coloring
•Males SOMETIMES have a distinct white bib on the throat
•Females can have white blotching on the neck that is not a bib

When Chinese Blue Breasted Quail are about 4-6 weeks old they will start getting adult feathers indicative of male and female birds. The older they get the more obvious these indicators get. With each new mutation and new generation of combined genetics there are becoming more and more changes to the "rules" of how to tell the difference between males and females. Though these are guidelines to sexing your quail there is always an exception.

     White colored birds can be harder to sex. White birds are easiest sexed by watching their individual mating behaviors. Birds of color will have a few differences between males and females that make it easier.

       One of the indicators is the bib. Males in certain mutations have a white line or bib on their throat. Some bibs like in red breasted males are a thin, single white line. Of course with new mutations and combinations of mutations some of these markings are being lost in the genetics. Other males like wild colored males will have a double white line on their throat. Note that not all white marks on the throat are indicative of a male. Females such as the Blue Faced can have a blotch of white on their throat and face. It is normally not as defined as a bib but is white and causes confusion to many owners.

       Another indicator is red or blue feathering. Females never show these colors. Blue is solely a mark of a male and seen in Blue Faced, Red Breasted,  and Wilds. Red, not to be confused with Cinnamon colors, is a deep brick red color. This red is seen on the vent area of all dark colored males. Silver males will have a pinkish red color as seen below. If you see red on the vent it is a male. Vent color sexing is a sure bet and fairly easy.

    In certain mutations males have white bibs. Red Breasted have a thin line white normal wild have thicker, distinct lines.
   In either case they both are very defined.
   Not all males have bibs, white quail and bluefaced males do not show bibs.
   Females can have white throat patches, especially in the bluefaced mutations, but they are patches and not defined lines.

Notice the lines thickness and definition on this male
This red breasted male has the thinner bib with out the white line just below the beak
This blue faced male has a patch instead of a bib. Blue faced males sometimes do not have any white on their throats. At times female blue faced will have white patches such as this one that are not defined bibs.

Brick Red Feathering-
   Males are the only sex to have the brik red feathering. Typically on the vent area but some mutations have the deep red al the way to their throat such as the red breasted males.
   This red is very deep red and should not be confused with the cinnamon coloring. This color is present in most dark colored males. Silver birds have a lighter salmon pink instead of deep, brick red. White quail will not have this coloring.

Grey-Blue Feathering-
   Males are the only sex who display the silvery grey-blue feathering. This color can be seen on many of the dark colored mutations.

This red breasted male has the deep, brick red feathering from the vent to the chest. The grey-blue coloring is across his back. Both these colors are only seen in males.
This silver male has the faded salmon red vent coloring indicative of a male.
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