California Quail

a.k.a. Valley Quail

Callipepla californica

A California Quail cock bird
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green & Seth Jensen

California Quail range through the grasslands and shrublands of western North America, from Baja California north to Oregon. They have been introduced in various places as far apart as New Zealand and Chile and are also fairly common in captivity.

The females have shorter, browner crests and their heads are blackish-brown without the bold pattern found on the males. Clutches can be as large as 14 eggs and are incubated for 21-23 days. They are best reared by the parents.

Their call is said to sound like chi-ca-go, chi-ca-go.


California Quail Links:

California Quail at That Quail Place

GBWF on Valley Quail

Valley Quail at Show Your Feathers

You can find 'em at Uberchic Ranch!


A flock of California Quail
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green & Seth Jensen

A California Quail hen & cock
Photos courtesy of Tommy Green

A couple more of them

A California Quail cock and a pair
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green

A flock of California Quail
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green

A California Quail at a sale

A California Quail male crowing
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green & Seth Jensen

A pair of California Quail
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green

Three shots of Tommy's California Quail, "Kyle" & "Megan"
Photos courtesy of Tommy Green

A young male Valley Quail
Photo © François Lapointe

Juvenile California Quail
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green

Quail art: A California Quail hen
Photo courtesy of Stefan

A California Quail X Bobwhite hybrid
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green & Seth Jensen


A California Quail chick
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green

More of the little guys
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker


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