California Quail

Callipepla californica

The comma-shaped head plume instantly identifies this gregarious resident of the chaparral. California Quail are plump birds with mostly gray and brown bodies, and a pattern of white, cream, and chestnut on the belly. California Quail spend much of their time foraging in groups called coveys, cooing to one another and kicking at the leaf litter to expose insects and seeds.

Fun Fact:
A female California Quail may lay eggs in a nest other than her own, a practice known as "egg-dumping."

What’s for Lunch:
Seeds and insects

Where’s Home:
In the chaparral, year-round