California Quail

both sexes have the forward-

A small gamcbird of open woodland, scrub, and farmland, the California Quail is nodding crest • often seen in flocks. Although it can fly well, it usually walks or runs. It perches and roosts (rests at night) in thick cover, on low branches. The diet consists of seeds, parts of green plants, and insects, taken from the ground.

• NliSTA hollow in the ground, lii with plant stems plucked from closi by. often sheltered by vegetation.

• DISTRIBUTION W. North America. Introduced in other countries, mainly for ornamental use in gardens and parks, with local populations of escaped birds.


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Migration Non-migrant


Species Colinus virginianus

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