Scaled quail

Scaled quail

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Callipepla squamata

The scaled quail, also commonly called blue quail or cottontop, is a species of the New World quail family. It is a bluish gray bird found in the arid regions of the Southwestern United States to Central Mexico. This species is an early offshoot of the genus Callipepla, diverging in the Pliocene. This bird is named for the scaly appearance of its breast and back feathers. Along with its scaly markings, the bird is easily identified by its white crest that resembles a tuft of cotton. The nest is typically a grass-lined hollow containing 9–16 speckled eggs. When disturbed, it prefers to run rather than fly. Widespread and common throughout its range, the scaled quail is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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Distribution

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Scaled quail habitat map

Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition

References

1. Scaled quail Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaled_quail
2. Scaled quail on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22679594/131906047
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/610559

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