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Montezuma Quail

Cyrtonyx montezumae
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Length: 9 in. (23 cm )
Usually more common than it appears, this small quail can hide motionless only a few feet from you only to explode in flight in a heart-stopping instant as you almost step on it. At other times, however, the Montezuma Quail will stand obviously in the middle of a path or road. Its habitat is open oak pine-oak woodlands with bunch grass. Small family groups form coveys in the fall and winter. Their food includes fruit, acorns, and insects. The nest is a depression in the ground and overhung with long grass. Although it is hunted in some areas, populations have been severely impacted by overgrazing and forest clearing in parts of its range.

The four-digit banding code is MONT.

Female | Jim Burns

Oak-pine woodland

Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Montezuma Quail
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 12, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/montezuma-quail

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Montezuma Quail. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 12, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/montezuma-quail

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Montezuma Quail". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/montezuma-quail

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Dr. Biology. "Montezuma Quail". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 12 Jun 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/montezuma-quail

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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