What is a Group of Quail Called?

Covey of Quail

Have you ever wondered what a group of quail is called? No, not a flock—a specific term for a group of quail. You might be surprised to learn that several different terms are used to describe a grouping of quail.

A group of quail is called a covey. Now, some other terms you might hear used to describe a group of quail—including bevy and flock. 

Interestingly enough, covey has its roots in Old French (covee), which means to brood.

What is a Male Quail Called?

Male quails are called cocks.

What is a Female Quail Called?

Females Quails are called hens.

What is a Baby Quail Called?

And baby quail? They’re usually called chicks, but they can also be called Cheeper.

Quail Habitat

Oh, the humble quail! These little birds are usually found in woodlands and fields and make up for their small size with their large personalities. Anyone who’s ever spent time around them can attest that they can be quite social creatures. So it’s no surprise that they tend to congregate in groups.

Quail Size, Height, Lifespan

There are many different types of quails—including the bobwhite quail, the California quail, and the Gambel’s quail—but they all share some commonalities. For instance, most adult quails weigh between 4 and 8 ounces and measure between 10 and 12 inches in length. They also tend to live between 1 and 5 years in the wild (though captive birds have been known to live much longer).


So there you have it! The next time you wonder what to call a gathering of these feathered friends, remember: it’s a covey.

 However, you choose to refer to them—whether it’s a bevy, flock, or covey—one thing’s for sure: there’s nothing quite like spending time around a group of these social birds. Their chirpy demeanors are sure to put a smile on your face—even on the most frustrating days.

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