CA State Symbols
Updated: May 23rd, 2010 - 21:01:09
| State Bird of California
Sep 7, 2006, 22:42 PST
- Length: 8 inches
- Small, chunky, short-tailed, round-winged ground-dwelling bird
- Immature similar to female
- 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
- 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
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.
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