Pigeon Like

Scaled Quail

Callipepla squamata
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Length: 10 in. (25 cm )
Found only in grasslands and arid desert scrub, the Scaled Quail will roost in small tree tops or bushes early in the morning. The rest of the day they can be very difficult to find as they scurry on the ground hidden by tall grass clumps. During the winter they form large coveys. This quail eats grass seeds and an occasional insect. The nest is hidden on the ground in a clump of grass or under a low shrub. Where their ranges overlap, the Scaled Quail frequently hybridizes with the Gambel\s Quail.'

The four-digit banding code is SCQU.

Female | Oliver Niehuis

Male | Oliver Niehuis


Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Scaled 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: April 18, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/scaled-quail

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Scaled Quail. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved April 18, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/scaled-quail

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

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

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Dr. Biology. "Scaled Quail". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 18 Apr 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/scaled-quail

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