California Quail

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 July 2008
Scientific Name
Callipepla californica
  • Galliformes
  • Odontophoridae
  • Callipepla
  • C. californica
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9 inches

International Names

Czech (Cesky) Křepel Kalifornský
Danish (Dansk) Californisk Topvagtel
Dutch (Nederlands) Californische Kuifkwartel
Finnish (Suomi) Kaliforniantupsuviiriäinen
French (Français) Colin de Californie
German (Deutsch) Schopfwachtel
Italian (Italiano) Colino della California
Japanese (日本語) カンムリウズラ (Kammuriuzura)
Norwegian (Norsk) Kaliforniavaktel
Polish (Polski) Przepiór Kalifornijski
Russian (русский язык) Калифорнийская куропатка
Spanish (Español) Colín de California
Swedish (Svenska) Kalifornisk Tofsvaktel
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