Gambel Quail MG_3375

A bird of the Desert Southwest, Gambel’s Quail is common in much of the Southwest, particularly southern Arizona and New Mexico. They look and act very much like the more widespread California Quail, but the two species’ ranges do not overlap. Like other quail, Gambel’s Quail are plump, volleyball-sized birds with short necks, small bill, and square tail. The wings are short and broad. Both sexes have a comma-shaped topknot of feathers atop their small heads, fuller in males than females. The Gambel birds are easily recognized by their top knots and scaly plumage on their undersides. Gambel’s quail have bluish-gray plumage on much of their bodies, and males have copper feathers on the top of their heads, black faces, and white stripes above their eyes.
Shot in Baja California, Mexico couple years ago.

Gambel Quail MG_3375

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