Synoicus – Old World quails

Genus of the smallest true quail having ground-dwelling, migratory birds widely distributed

The terrestrial dwarf quails have a plump-shaped body, and their color varies in the genus, from brown, blue, and black to silver and maroon. They prefer living in areas with wet grasslands and shrubs around water bodies. They are usually found in small groups and forage on small shrubs, vegetation, healthy fruits, and seeds.

Dwarf quails make grounded nests, and chicks are precocial. The male takes care of the chicks after two weeks and allows the female to incubate the next clutch of eggs. They can live longer lives in captivity than in the wild. King and Brown quail hybrids are produced as these birds are known to become hand-tame.