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California Quail

Callipepla californica

Description:

Large quail that stood 15-20cm tall. Family group of 10 birds. The 'alpha' male watched over his flock, keeping watch whilst the family foraged for food. There was a smaller skittish male that was very weary of our presence and kept his distance. The males have a characteristic dark head and chin and curved head plumage. The female and juveniles were brown, which blended into the background when still. They could also move quickly when disturbed.

Habitat:

Foraging in grass beside road, but when disturbed ran for cover in amongst low bushes. Te Mata, New Zealand.

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1 Comment

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

introduced species?!

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Waikato, New Zealand

Spotted on Mar 25, 2013
Submitted on Mar 28, 2013

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