A Gambel’s Quail hanging out behind the Valley of Fire State Park Visitor Center at the picnic area.
What is a Gambel’s Quail
Gambel’s Quail – Lephortyx gambelii
10 to 11.5 inches (25 to 29 cm). Color: black patch on light, unscaled belly. Flanks and crown russet. Distinctive curved black head plume, very prominent on males.
Seeds and berries
Nevada, Utah, Colorado, California, Arizona
Adaptation for Survival:
Derives most of moisture fit needs from berries of mistletoe and desert thorn bush. Mistletoe berries are available for six months of the year, November – April, the time of nesting and rearing young, while the thorn bush berry is produced in the hotter summer months. Allows the bird to thrive far from desert water holes.
Nests on the ground. “Talks” constantly in a soft voice, especially hens to chicks.