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State Bird of California
Sep 7, 2006, 22:42 PST

California quail
Callipepla californica

Identification Tips:

  • Length: 8 inches
  • Small, chunky, short-tailed, round-winged ground-dwelling bird
  • Immature similar to female

Adult male:

  • Black, forward-tilting, teardrop-shaped crest
  • Pale buff forehead
  • Dark brown cap
  • Black face
  • White border to face
  • Blackish nape stippled with white spotting
  • Dark blue-gray chest
  • Brown back and upperwings
  • Buff belly with darker scaly markings and chestnut center
  • Brown flanks with white streaks

Adult female:

  • Short, curved, dark brown, teardrop-shaped crest
  • Gray or brown head, chest, back, and upperwings
  • Chestnut flanks with white streaks
  • Pale belly with darker scaly markings

Similar species:

Mountain Quail has chestnut face, unscaled belly, and gray crown. Gambel's Quail lacks pale forehead, stippled nape and scaly belly.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Source: USGS

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Handheld Birds and Software at National Geographic

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