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California Quail
(Callipepla californica)
california quail
Description
They have a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward, black in males and brown for females. Males have mainly gray-brown upperparts, the nape finely marked with black and white, and a dull brown crown. Black on face and throat is defined by white and separated from crown by white a line above the eye. Their breasts are lilac-gray, belly appears scaled due to dark feather margins, and flanks are brown with pale streaks. Females are similar to males, but duller overall and lack striking head markings.
Dimensions
They grow from 9 to 11 inches. Their average weight goes from 5 to 7 oz.
Diet
Their primary diet consists of seeds from broad-leafed plants. If available, they also eat fruits, berries, and insects.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit open woodlands, bushy foothills, valleys with streams, and suburbs. They can be found in the Pacific coast region of the United States. Its original range stretched from Baja California to a small portion of Western Nevada and the southern counties of Oregon.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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