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The California Quail, Callipepla californica | by chris new kiwi
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The California Quail, Callipepla californica

These birds have a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward: black in males and brown for females; the flanks are brown with white streaks. Males have a dark brown cap and a black face with a brown back, a grey-blue chest and a light brown belly. Females and immature birds are mainly grey-brown with a light-colored belly.

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Taken on May 13, 2012