This is an image of a male Gambel's quail perched on a rock in Scottsdale, AZ.
Gambel's quail live in the hot deserts of the Southwest, the Sonoran, Mohave, and Chihuahuan below about 5,500 feet elevation. Frequents mesquite thickets along river valleys and arroyos, shrublands and cactus, dry grasslands, and agricultural fields. They are richly patterned in gray, chestnut, and cream that can serve as excellent camouflage. Males have a bright rufous crest, chestnut flanks striped with white, and creamy belly with black patch. Females are grayer, lacking the strong head pattern.
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February 16th, 2013
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