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