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Gambel's Quail

Callipepla gambelii


These are small, plump, round bird with short necks, small bill, and square tail. The wings are short and broad. Both sexes have a comma-shaped topknot of feathers atop their small heads, fuller in males than females. Richly patterned in gray, chestnut, and cream that can serve as excellent camouflage. Males have a bright rufous crest, chestnut flanks striped with white, and creamy belly with black patch. Females are grayer, lacking the strong head pattern.


Desert Shrubland


This was only my second time seeing these quail and my first time photographing them. These little guys were fun to watch. They have a lot of charisma for such little birds!

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EmilyMarino 5 years ago

Thank you all!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 6 years ago

So Beautiful 馃槝馃槝馃槝

JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago


EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you everyone! I really appreciate the SOTW!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congrats Emily!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

Congrats Emily for the SOTW. What a beauty!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago


EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you Yasser and Rangers!

Yasser 6 years ago

Congratulations Emily, this beauty of a quail was selected as Spotting of the Week! Thanks for all your great submissions and for all the awesome work you do for wildlife outside of PN. Congrats again and enjoy the well-deserved honor!


EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you Leuba and Mark! I always enjoy sharing my adventures on PN!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

so cute ! Thanks for sharing this lovely spotting Emily.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

What a lovely portrait.

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you guys! Wish I had ore time to spend with these great little birds last weekend!

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Beautiful spotting Emily....

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you DanielePralong!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Beautiful shot and bird Emily!

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you all! This was only the second time I had seem one. They are really neat little birds to watch. I would still really like to see a scaled quail. I'd need to drive south east for one!

Beautiful capture Emely,congrats and thanks for sharing

Jellis 6 years ago

Nice, I saw my first one in Arizona. I still want to see the Scaled Quail. I missed them by an hour when I was in Colorado last summer

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you both!

AshleyT 6 years ago

Great shot!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 6 years ago


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Colorado, USA

Spotted on May 11, 2015
Submitted on May 12, 2015

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