Quail Hen Tries Distracting a Coyote Away from Her Nest in a Daring Display of Loyalty

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 5, 2023
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“Sacrificial love” is an endearing term that we hear from time to time and that we know has great meaning. It is defined by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg as the following. “Sacrificial love is self-sacrifice with the pure motivation to alleviate the suffering of others.” In this video, we see a mother quail who is attempting to protect her young by seemingly sacrificing herself by putting herself in harm’s way.

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This next YouTube video posted below takes us to the YouTube channel “AZ Desert Critters.” This channel is dedicated to providing amazing footage and photography of animals such as coyotes, bobcats, cottontail rabbits, quail, squirrels, hawks, and roadrunners according to their mission. They share their description of this particular video below. 

“This quail gets very close to a coyote multiple times, but the coyote does not care about the quail.  Closest I’ve seen quail by a coyote.  As if the quail is taunting the coyote “Come and get me if you can”.

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Could also be a nearby nest and the quail wants to keep the coyote away.  Here is a link to a video where the quail is running circles around a coyote, but in the end it appears the coyote got to the nest and grabbed a baby quail.” 

Sacrificial Love by a Quail Hen

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As the video below starts, we see a coyote that is walking around outside. Undoubtedly, he is looking for something to eat. What he doesn’t know is that just up ahead is a quail’s nest with young inside. Then suddenly, the mother quail enters the frame. We see her go over as if she is taunting him. However, we think it’s more like a sacrificial love. She is willing to put herself in harm’s way to protect her young from getting hurt. 

In the end, though, the wildlife experts taking this video did report that it did seem as though the coyote found the nest and snatched a quail. 

What Do Coyotes Eat?

Coyotes are mammals that are of the family Canidae. They are central to North America and Central America. As carnivores, coyotes will eat prey such as rabbits, mice, and insects. 

For small animals weighing only 15-46 pounds, they are known to eat larger animals. Animals such as deer, elk, and bighorn sheep

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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