Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 20, 2020 Q is for Quail!

2020 A to Z Challenge !
 Q is for California Quail ! 
Photo credit to Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The California Quail is a handsome, round soccer ball of a bird with a rich gray breast, intricately scaled underparts, and a curious, forward-drooping head plume. Its stiffly accented Chi-ca-go call is a common sound of the chaparral and other brushy areas of California and the Northwest. Often seen scratching at the ground in large groups or dashing forward on blurred legs, California Quail are common but unobtrusive. They flush to cover if scared, so approach them gently.

Several California Quail broods may mix after hatching, and all the parents care for the young. Adults that raise young this way tend to live longer than adults that do not.
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  1. MOL the quail have the same problem I do with their 'bang feather' hanging in their eyes.
    Hugs cecilia

    1. oh hahah I think a lot of us have that problem right now!

  2. Pretty little things, i remember having a great time watching the baby quail at the Four-H Mini Farm exhibit every year.

    1. I love watching they scurry around with their little ones! Thanks for your comments!

  3. They are so cute, and their head plume is playing a lot for them ;)
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  4. How lovely! Their eggs are very tasty too!

  5. Lovely bird and one I see often here in the UK - in the wild but also on restaurant menus.
    Not So Sweet Toffee
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  6. In Meijer Gardens' dome they let tiny quail roam around. It's the only time I've ever seen quail up close. I like the way they walk single file.

  7. How interesting that they're longer-lived if they become more communal.
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