California state bird: CaliforniaQuail Callipepla californica
The California Quail has an overall color of blue-grey and brown. The crown is chestnut colored with streaking along the sides. It has a distinctive black and white pattern on the face and the belly has black and brown feather tips which makes the California Quail look like it has scaled under parts.
California Quail can be identified by their prominent teardrop-shaped plume or a double plume on the forehead. The males and females have the same markings except the males have a black throat and the females have more of a greyish colored throat with black streaks.
California Quail are found in open woodlands, bushy foothills, valleys with streams, suburbs and agricultural land.
The California Quail's diet includes seeds, leaves, flowers, and insects. They will also eat fruits and berries, when available.
California Quail's nests are made in depressions in the ground. They are lined with grass and weed stems. The clutch may contain as many as 28 eggs, with 13 to 17 eggs being the average. If the pair is not successful on their first attempt, they then make a second nesting attempt later in the summer.
Oct 19, 17 02:25 PM
Ran into window at work. Grey body, white head with a crown, white accents long narrow beak. In Texas
Oct 17, 17 07:27 PM
In northeast Kansas, just spotted this one at the feeder. Seems unusual for here. Observed today, Oct 17. Any thoughts on what it is?
Oct 15, 17 06:44 PM
He looks like a cardinal but blue! i have never seen this bird before until this week