California Quail

Other Names: California Valley Quail, Valley Quail

Distribution: California and Baja California; introduced to the Pacific Northwest.

Description:

Size: 24-27 cm in length with a 32-37 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Both sexes have a plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward: black in males and brown for females. The flanks are brown with white streaks. Males have a dark brown cap and a black face with a brown back, a gray-blue scaled chest and a light brown underside. Females and juveniles are mainly gray-brown with a light-colored underside. The legs are brownish-gray and the beak and eyes are black.

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California Quail

California Quail

Bill Shape
curved
Eats
berries
cracked-corn
millet
Regions
arizona
baja california
british columbia
california
hawaii
idaho
nevada
oregon
south dakota
utah
washington
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
hopping
Markings
bold
plain
Sounds
melodious
Location
ground dwelling
low perching
north in summer
Habitat
mountains
Deserts
Forests
Urban
Color
gray
yellow
Body Shape
upland-ground
Size
medium
small
Order
quails (new world - Americas) - odontophorids
turkey, grouse, chicken, quail, partridge, pheasant - order: galliformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species