Whilst I won't add anything specific about the
Brown Quail beyond what you have already got.
I am never sure what
a morph is, I would add a morph is simply
a permanent form, in particular indicating a variation from another form, as in
there is never one morph, always two or more, simply to indicate that there
is some difference. It is also, a term distinct from a phase, which changes in
an individual over time.
would one expect different
morphs in the same covey? Well yes, certainly, or one might not actually
expect it, but there is no reason why it would not occur. As in two blue eyed
people can't have a brown eyed child but two brown eyed people can have a blue
eyed child. But it may well be that the inheritance mechanism is not known in
the case of these birds or it may be more complex than this simple single gene
recessive in human brown / blue eye colour.
For the last couple of days there has been an easily viewable
covey/family of three Brown Quail on the western edge of Lake Ginninderra,
not far south of MacDermott Place.
Two of the birds are on the grey side of brown, while the third is very
much on the red side. Wondering whether the colour difference was an
indicator of immaturity or a sex difference I checked out a few field
guides. These pointed me in either or both directions; while Olsen x
2 & Crome state "Sexes similar, but female usually more heavily marked
They mention a red morph. I am never sure what a
morph is, would one expect different morphs in the same
Given good views which are available should one be able to decide the sex
& maturity of the three birds?
or near by. The colour distinction in real life is at least as great as
that in the photos.
Apologies if this goes up twice, i am having some computer