Gambel's Quail Covey
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GAMBEL'S QUAIL COVEY by PRISCILLA BURGERS
This Gambel's Quail Covey in Arizona are only a few days old. They stick close to each other and to their mama. The Gambel's quail is a small ground-dwelling bird in the quail family. It inhabits the desert southwest regions of America, where coveys gather along brushy washes and cactus-studded arroyos to feed. Males and females both sport a bobbing black topknot of feathers. The male’s prominent black belly patch distinguishes it from the similar California Quail. This ground-hugging desert dweller would rather run than fly. Like many desert-dwelling species, Gambel’s Quail populations undergo a “boom-and-bust” cycle. A year with ample winter-spring rainfall that generates lots of green vegetation will yield larger clutches and an abundance of chicks. Dry winters mean less food and lower productivity. Just before her eggs hatch, the female Gambel’s Quail calls to the chicks, who cheep to each other from inside the eggs.
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THANK YOU TO THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE FOLLOWING GROUPS FOR FEATURING THIS IMAGE:
- Animal Photographs Group - 8/12/2019
- A Birding Group - Wings - 8/11/2019
- USA Photographers Only Group - 8/12/2019
- Arizona Group - 8/12/2019
- Wild Birds of the World - A Nature Photography Group - 8/12/2019
- Women Photographers Group - 8/16/2019
- Abc Group - Q Is For Quad - 8/27/2019
August 9th, 2019
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