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About the California Quail

Also known as: California Valley Quail or Valley Quail

The California Quail is the state bird of California. It is a small (smaller than a pigeon) ground-dwelling bird that is native to the southwestern part of the United States. It has also been introduced to areas in British Columbia, Hawaii, Chile, New Zealand and Norkfolk Island and King Island in Australia.

The California Quail is a sociable bird that often gathers in small flocks that are known as coveys and one of their daily activities is taking dust baths.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 July 2008
Scientific Name Callipepla californica
  • Galliformes
  • Odontophoridae
  • Callipepla
  • C. californica
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
9 inches
Range North America Central America United States (West)

International Names

  • Křepel Kalifornský (Czech)
  • Californisk Topvagtel (Danish)
  • Californische Kuifkwartel (Dutch)
  • Kaliforniantupsuviiriäinen (Finnish)
  • Colin de Californie (French)
  • Schopfwachtel (German)
  • Colino della California (Italian)
  • カンムリウズラ (Kammuriuzura) (Japanese)
  • Kaliforniavaktel (Norwegian)
  • Przepiór Kalifornijski (Polish)
  • Калифорнийская куропатка (Russian)
  • Colín de California (Spanish)
  • Kalifornisk Tofsvaktel (Swedish)

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