Californian Quail Callipepla californica

Californian Quail male
Californian Quail male
Californian Quails are native to the southwest of North America but are now prevalent throughout the west of the country. Several subspecies range from southwest Canada to northwest Mexico.
Californian Quail
Californian Quail
Californian Quail
The adult male (above and top) has a strongly-marked black and white face, bold body markings and a little bunch of feathers forming a topknot from the top of his head like the feather of a Red Indian brave secured with his white headband. The forward-drooping topknot is made up of 6 feathers. He also has a dark belly. (Not quite a partridge in a pear tree.)
Californian Quail female
Californian Quail pair
Californian Quail female
The female (above) does not have the strong black and white facial lines, has only a small crest and has more muted body markings with a light belly.
Californian Quail
Californian Quail
Californian Quail
They are ground-dwelling, gregarious birds which prefer to run but are capable of bursts of flight.
Californian Quail pair
Californian Quail couple
Californian Quails