Birds That Start With The Letter Q (With Pictures)

Some of the most popular birds that start with the letter Q are the quaker parrot, queen, whydah, and quail. Here are some interesting facts about each of these birds:

  • Quail – A type of ground-nesting bird that has numerous species all over the world.
  • Quail-Plover – A small bird that is part of the buttonquail family and is found in the grasslands of Africa.
  • Quail Dove – A type of bird in the pigeon and dove family that may belong to one of three genera.
  • Quailfinch Indigobird – A songbird that lays its eggs in other birds’ nests, making the mother bird raise its young.
  • Quaker Parrot – Also known as the Monk Parakeet, this species of parrot is native to South America and is popular as a pet.
  • Quebracho crested tinamou – A bird found in Argentina and Paraguay that features a hair-like crest and heavily printed plumage that helps it camouflage in its environment.
  • Queen Carola’s six-wired bird-of-paradise – A bird native to the mountains of New Guinea that can be found in a variety of colors, depending on its location.
  • Queen Victoria’s riflebird – The smallest riflebird and is found in the tropical forests of Australia.
  • Queen Whydah – An African bird that is known for its black crown, gold breast, and extremely elongated tail with shaft feathers.
  • Quelea – A species of bird that is part of the trogon family and is known for its colorful plumages.


The letter Q is not as common as other letters when it comes to birds, but there are some interesting species that start with this letter. Each of these birds has its own unique features and behaviors that make them stand out from the rest.

Quail-Plover Image by: Nigel Voaden from UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Quail Dove Image by: dominic sherony, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Quebracho crested tinamou Image by: Rob Foster, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons