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California Quail (Callipepla californica)

Order: Galliformes
Family: Odontophoridae
Genus: Callipepla
Species: californica


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

, British Columbia
Escondido, California
Kelseyville, California
Ripon, California
Sacramento, California
San Jose, California
Temecula, California
Bend, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Morgan, Utah
Shelton, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Nov 21, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

California Quail were introduced to New Zealand between 1862 and 1880. They live in open farm and scrub country where there are bushes and trees for cover and roosting. Quail are instinctively social birds - the covey can easily find food, and alert guards warn against predators. They are monogamous, and pair off in early Spring laying through to March. The nest is a rounded depression in the ground usually in long grass at the foot of a shrub or tree. An average of 14 eggs, and sometimes as many as 22 are laid. During laying and incubation quail are very secretive, and few nests are found. The eggs are a creamy-white colour, spotted, streaked and blotched with light golden brown. They lay one egg a day with several rest days until the clutch is complete, and then a priod of 23 days of inc... read more