High Stepping Gambel's Quail
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HIGH STEPPING GAMBEL'S QUAIL by PRISCILLA BURGERS
This Gambel's Quail was only a few days old. He was part of a covey of four chicks in Arizona. 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:
- Wild Birds of the World - A Nature Photography Group - 8/8/2019
- Birds In Focus Group - 8/9/2019
- Southwest Photography Group - 8/9/2019
- Arizona Group - 8/9/2019
- Pure Nature Photography Group - 8/11/2019
- A Birding Group - Wings - 8/11/2019
August 8th, 2019
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