Monitoring and management of common quail Coturnix coturnix populations in their atlantic distribution area

Authors: José Domingo RODRÍGUEZ-TEIJEIRO, Francesc SARDÀ-PALOMERA, Inàcio ALVES2,Yannick BAY, Agostinho BEÇA, Bernard BLANCHY, Bernard BORGOGNE, Bernard BOURGEON, Pedro COLAÇO, Jacques GLEIZE, Antonio GUERREIRO, Mohammed MAGHNOUJ, Christophe RIEUTORT, Denis ROUX and Manel PUIGCERVER


Published: Volume 57(Especia, December 2010. Pages 135-144.

Language: English


The common quail Coturnix coturnix has suffered a large historical decline. Portuguese, Spanish and French populations remain stable, but some evidence suggests declines in Spain and France. During 2005-2009, we carried out a monitoring programme in Morocco, Portugal, Spain and France to determine the status of common quail populations using a census methodology based on: a) a census of calling males; b) capture and ringing; and c) monitoring during harvesting. Results suggest that during the study period populations remained fairly constant. This monitoring allowed us to categorise the sampled areas in three types, with different management and conservation implications.

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