Bird #258 — Gambel’s Quail

callipepla (from lophotos, crested, and ortyx, quail) gambelil (given by Thomas Nuttallin in 1843 in honor of his protégé, William Gambel, an early field collector of birds in Southwest California)

Saturday, March 31, 1984 — 10:20 am

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona

The museum had a feeder for wild birds.  A bunch of Gambel’s Quails were clustered about the base of the feeder and running about in the surrounding scrub in company with more familiar birds like Cardinals.  My Mom insists, and I tend to agree with her, that Arizona Cardinals are redder than Illinois Cardinals.

Occasionally, one of the Gambel’s Quails would get up on the feeder, and pairs were wandering all about the ground nearby.  They often gave a loud, startling cry.

Later in the day when I was with Mom and Sally at Saguaro National Momument, I could hear them calling from the surrounding hills.

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