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California Quail

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1997

California Quail (Callipepla californica). 9.5-11". A small, plump, grayish, bird with a short black plume curving forward from the crown. Males have a black and white face and throat pattern. Voice: a three-syllabled qua-quer'go or Chi-ca-go. Resident from British Columbia to Baja California. Habitat: broken charparral, woodland edges, coastal scrub, parks, estates, farms. This quail was photographed in Pt Reyes.

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2003

California Quail Female (front) and Male

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2003

California Quail Male


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