In this snake attack, the snake catches the quail as it flies from the nest. Look for the snake jumping up to catch the quail on the left side of the screen. The snake then falls behind the nest with the quail in its mouth. Eventually, the snake lets go of the hen and returns to the nest to eat the entire clutch of eggs. Watch video.
Run Off Snake
The hen fights and successfully runs off a small snake. Notice one egg is kicked out of the nest during the fight. Watch video.
Run Off Snake (continued)
In the previous "Run Off Snake" clip the hen successfully deters a small snake from depredating the nest. This clip shows the hen rolling an egg back into the nest pushed out during the fight. Watch video.
The raccoon comes from behind the nest and flushes the quail. Notice how the raccoon eats the eggs whole, leaving no eggshell fragments in the nest. The raccoon consumed all the eggs. Watch video.
The raccoon approaches the nest from the upper right corner; it comes around to the front of the nest and lunges for the quail. The quail flushes to the left side and circles just in front of the camera. Watch video.
Watch for the hen quail trying to defend her nest by getting on the back to attack the Armadillo. Unfortunately the armadillo wins the brawl and returns to eat the eggs. Watch video.
In this video an opossum enters from the left side, catches, and kills the incubating bobwhite. The opossum comes back later that night and the next morning to eat the entire clutch of eggs. The clutch consisted of 24 bobwhite eggs. Watch video.
Prior to the start of this clip the bobcat attacks the hen, but she escapes. This clip shows the bobcat eating the eggs. Watch video.
The owl attempts to capture the hen on the nest, but the quail escapes from the owl. Amazingly the owl returns later to eat the eggs. Watch video.
A fox squirrel is documented chasing a quail from her nest and eating the eggs. Watch video.
In this clip a coyote returns to the nest site minutes after it caught the incubating bobwhite. The coyote killed the bobwhite just off the screen. It did not eat any eggs. Watch video.
Quail with Chicks
An unmarked male quail with a young brood is recorded feeding by the video monitored nest of a radio-collared female. At the start of the clip the unmarked male looks at the female incubating nest, which could have potentially been his mate. Notice at the end of the video clip the unmarked male gathers the chicks under his wings and breast. Presumably he was protecting the chicks after becoming nervous when seeing the micro-camera lens. Watch video.
This is the only deer we have documented eating quail eggs. Notice how she picks up each egg. Watch video.