Gambel's Quail

Scientific name: Callipepla gambelii

With its range centered on the Sonoran Desert, the Gambel’s Quail is a familiar sight to residents of Arizona. Its social nature and prominent topknot make it easy to see, although the Gambel’s Quail population can vary dramatically from one year to the next depending on weather conditions in its dry, desert habitat.

Gambel’s Quail sometimes pretend to be injured to draw a predator away from a nest. Young birds occasionally become separated from the rest of their brood and join another brood. In extreme cases, several dozen young quail of various ages may be attended by one adult.