Chiuta bird
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae, Odontophoridae

Chiuta' (or Chihuta is other vernacular dialects) is the Shona language name for several of mid-sized birds called quail birds in English. The bird became popular for domestication in Zimbabwe in the period from 2012 following spread of the belief that both the bird and its eggs had medicinal value for some ailments including cancers. The breeding of Zviuta (plural) for consumption as well as for ,marketing became very popular. The breeding of Zviuta quickly became a common socially recommended backyard business for Zimbabweans who have traditionally farmed broiler chickens and egg laying chickens in the backyards for selling to their communities.

Banning of Zviuta Farming in Zimbabwe

In April 2016, the government of Zimbabwe, through Environment, Water and Climate minister Oppah Muchinguri, announced a ban on the selling of quail birds and eggs with the exception of licensed traders.[1]


  1. Blessed Mhlanga, Govt bans trade in quail birds, , Published:29 April 2016, Retrieved: 4 May 2016