Gambel's Quail

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Common Name: Gambel’s Quail
Scientific Name: Callipepla gambelii

Size: 10 inches (25 cm)

Habitat: North America; throughout the Sonoran Desert. Found in areas of brushy and thorny desert vegetation.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 1,800,000 mature individuals. Widespread and common.

Diet: Seeds, leaves, fruits, and a few insects.

Breeding: The Male is boldly patterned with black face and a black belly patch. The male also has large plumed topknot. The female lays 10-15 white eggs with brown splotches in dense brush, often by the base of a tree or large rock. The young quickly learn to follow their mother to food and water sources within hours after hatching.

Cool Facts: The Gambel’s Quail does look similar to the California Quail but lacks chestnut coloring on it’s flanks, the color is much darker brown. The Male crest is lighter than that of the California Quail. Their calls is also very different, while the California Quail makes the very recognizable “cu-Ca-cow” the Gambel’s Quail lets out a “Ka-KAHHHH”

The Gambel's Quail is adapted to living in a dry, desert environment, however it reproduces best in years with adequate water.

Adults and immature young congregate into coveys of many birds in mid-summer through the winter. In the springtime, Gambel's quail pair off for mating and become very aggressive toward others. Gambel's quail are monogamous, and rarely breed in colonies.The young chicks diet is mostly insect, gradually consuming more plant matter as they mature.

Quail are infrequent fliers and prefer to stay on the ground.


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