Found a Quail?

Quail, Grouse, and Other Upland Game Birds

There are several species of native upland game birds in Central Oregon, including California and mountain quail; dusky, sooty, and greater sage-grouse; and gray partridge. There are also non-native ring-necked pheasants, turkeys, bobwhite quail, and chukar. 

These birds are very social. Uninjured young quail must be reunited with the group as soon as possible to ensure survival. They are not easily rehabilitated. 

Strategies for reuniting orphaned upland game birds and containing injured birds can be found below. 

DO NOT offer food or water to injured or orphaned birds! 

Orphaned Quail and Other Game Birds

Found Alone but Uninjured?

    • Look AND listen for signs of quail. The family is likely nearby!
      • Monitor from at least 25 feet away; watch to see if the baby finds their family on their own
      • Family not seen or heard after monitoring for at least one hour:
        • Gently pick up the quail (wear gloves if possible) and contain them in a well ventilated box
        • Play quail noises loudly on a phone, portable speaker, or car speaker and monitor from at least 25 feet away 
      • If a family is located (seen or heard approaching)
        • Tip the box on its side close to where the family was spotted and play the quail noises again 
        • Wait until baby has successfully joined the group, repeating quail noises as needed
      • If a family is not located by nightfall
        • Contain the baby quail in the ventilated box and keep it in a quiet, dark, and warm location overnight 
        • Provide heat support: fill a sock with uncooked rice and microwave 1 minute - wrap in a towel
        • Do not offer any food or water 
        • Call or text Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680 
      • If the baby is still alert in the morning, attempt to reunite again, as early in the morning as possible when quail are most active
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Injured Adult or Baby?

  • Throw a towel or pillow case over the bird(s) to contain them
  • Gently pick up the quail (wear gloves if possible) and contain them in a well ventilated box 
  • Keep the box in a quiet, dark, and warm location
  • Provide heat support by filling a sock with uncooked rice and microwave 1 minute - wrap in a towel after heating
  • Do not offer any food or water
  • Call or text Think Wild - (541) 241-8680