April 25, 2015

Q is for Quail

The Sonoran Desert is the home of Gambel's Quail.

Quail spend most of their time on the ground and rarely fly. They will remain motionless and rely on camouflage to avoid predators, especially if hidden by vegetation.

These birds have a chunky round body with a feather plume on their head. They are a gorgeous looking bird. Especially the adult males. They have much more striking plumage and are much prettier than the females.

Quail like to build their nests on the ground. Usually hidden under a shrub, rock, or cactus. I love when it is baby Quail season. I like to watch the baby Quail as they all follow along behind the parents.

I think that the little Quail family is possibly one of the cutest things you will see in the Sonoran Desert.

Desert Cottontail "shadowing" male Gambel's Quail.
Photo by troupial

Photo by barbara carroll

Photo by jimchabot


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