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The tiny Quail is one of the birds that few peo­ple ac­tu­ally get to see, though the ‘wet-my-lips’ song of the male is well known, em­a­nat­ing from deep within a grain field. Un­usu­ally for a game­bird, the Quail is mi­grant, com­ing to the UK as a sum­mer vis­i­tor, from May on­wards. It only comes in small num­bers (of­ten fewer than 500 singing males), though, spread thinly across the coun­try. Like sev­eral other birds which are rarely seen but more of­ten heard, it is pre­dom­i­nantly a night-singer, of­ten start­ing off as the sun falls. If you don’t mind not ac­tu­ally see­ing a bird, the Quail present a good op­por­tu­nity for find­ing your own scarce bird, just oc­ca­sion­ally re­ward­ing evening drives and pauses to lis­ten. Quails reach sex­ual ma­tu­rity re­mark­ably quickly. So quickly, in fact, that birds hatched in the spring breed later in the same sum­mer

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