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