Quails no doubt first engaged human attention because of their value as food. From this group of game birds, some species were domesticated, and these few were the focus of writings on quail until recently.
The Atlas of Quails reflects the growth of aviculture and an awareness of the need for wildlife conservation. Keepers of domesticated quail have found their interest expanding to include the more exotic species, so this book treats all forty-four of the world's quails, with a discussion of every species, both living and extinct, a map showing distribution, and a painting depicting both sexes in colour
In this new work by aviculturist and veterinarian David Alderton, the particular needs of Quails with respect to housing, feeding and health care occupy general chapters illustrated with colour photographs along with a commentary on current breeding techniques and the use of artificial incubation.