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California Quail

Callipepla californica

Description:

The California Quail, Callipepla californica, also known as the California Valley Quail or Valley Quail, is a small ground-dwelling bird in the New World quail family. It is the state bird of California. These birds have a curving crest or 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 grey-blue chest and a light brown belly. Females and immature birds are mainly grey-brown with a light-colored belly. Their closest relative is Gambel's Quail which has a more southerly distribution and, a longer crest (2.5 inches), a brighter head and a scalier appearance. The two species separated about 1-2 million years ago, during the Late Pliocene or Early Pleistocene.[1] (Wikipedia)

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Mono-culture farmland with small riparian features

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2 Comments

Steve Lenz
Steve Lenz 9 years ago

Thank you!

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 9 years ago

Looking at this photo, I was going to ask if you did any professional work. Then I saw your website, fantastic!!

Steve Lenz
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Steve Lenz

Washington, USA

Spotted on Jan 1, 2011
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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