One of my favorite birds here in the Sierra Foothills is the California Quail! These little birds gather in groups called a covey. When startled, their tiny little legs, carry them off to the bushes to hide. I have tried so many times to capture these lovely plump birds in photos and was finally awarded with a few the other day. So, let’s go and check out the Quail, which is the State Bird of California! If you click on the photos you will notice more of the amazing details of this bird!
The males have a black accent on their faces, and their knot of feathers on the top of their heads is larger than that of the female. Their top knot is made up of six feathers.Isn’t he handsome?
Here is a shot of two females looking at me. Notice that their coloring is less prominent than that of the male. Also, their top knots of feathers are much smaller.
The females can have up to 28 eggs in their nest. This is partly due to egg-dumping, which is when other females lay eggs in a nest other than their own.
The younger quail have not quite developed their top knots as this photo shows.
Notice the interesting pattern in their feathers.
Having had their fill of seed in our yard, the begin to move off…
Isn’t that a cool bird? I hope that you enjoyed these photos of our State Bird! Thanks for dropping in today and have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well… ^..^