- Callipepla californica
150.6 g to 189.5 g (5 - 7 oz.) 25 cm (9.8 in) Males slightly heavier
- Mainly blue-grey and brown plumage
- Distinctive black and white face pattern
- Black and brown feather tips on belly giving a scaly appearance
- Chestnut crown
- Streaked flanks
- Black bill
- Grey legs
Sexes are dimorphic
Males have a black throat; females a greyish throat with black streaks
- Prominent teardrop-shaped plume or a double plume coming off its forehead
Immature: mostly greys and browns which gives it a cryptic look
Western North America from extreme southwest British Columbia south through Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California to Baja California, Mexico. Introduced populations are found in Hawaii and New Zealand.
Sometimes placed in genus Lophortyx.
Eight subspecies are recognized:
- C. c. californica: Northern Oregon and western Nevada to southern California and Coronados Islands, Mexico
- C. c. orecta: Southeastern Oregon (Warner Valley) and extreme northern California
- C. c. brunnescens: Extreme north coastal California to southern Santa Cruz County
- C. c. catalinensis: Santa Catalina Island (off southern California)
- C. c. canfieldae: Owens Valley of east-central California
- C. c. plumbea: San Diego County south through northwestern Baja California
- C. c. achrustera: Southern Baja California
- C. c. decolorata: Baja California between latitude 25°N and 30°N
Dense vegetation near water at low altitudes.
Replaced in montane forest by the Mountain Quail and in desert by the Gambel's Quail.
The diet includes seeds, leaves, berries and insects.
The nest is a shallow scrape lined with vegetation. The clutch consists of up to 12 eggs.
Common crowing call is a loud "Chi-CA-go." Also sharp, clucking, clicking and spluttering notes.
Sedentary; maximum movements under 27 km. Dispersal rates increase in response to habitat destruction.
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- Quaglia della California Callipepla californica
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