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 Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii)




Gambel's Quail | Callipepla gambelii photo
Gambel's Quail (Male), Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Near San Antonio, New Mexico

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Gambel's Quail | Callipepla gambelii photo
Gambel's Quail (Female), Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Near San Antonio, New Mexico

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

GAMBEL'S QUAIL FACTS

Description
Gambel's Quail is a medium sized quail. The body is mainly gray with chestnut brown sides streaked with white. It has a narrow forward-facing crest or topknot on the head. Males have black face, chestnut brown head, and narrow white lines separating the brown, black and gray markings. The female has a plain gray head and slightly smaller crest. Immature birds are similar to adults.

Size
length 25cm

Environment
desert brush

Food
Seeds, leaves, fruit, insects.

Breeding
Nest is a scrape in the ground hidden by vegetation, often placed at base of rock or tree. Lays ten to fifteen white eggs with brown blotches. Eggs hatch after 21 - 24 days,

Range
Gambel's Quail is found from southern Utah, western Colorado down into northern Mexico.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Odontophoridae
Genus:Callipepla
Species:gambelii
Common Name:Gambel's Quail