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Scaled Quail

Callipepla squamata

Scaled Quail may not look like their Gambel’s and California cousins, but they are closely related. The crests on chicks of Gambel’s Quail look much like the crests on adult Scaled Quail. These birds thrive in open grassland habitats with scattered brush and cactus and range from southeastern Arizona northwest through New Mexico and southern Colorado, and south through west Texas into central Mexico.

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