Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gambel's Quail

Gambel's Quail numbers fluctuate depending on winter and early spring rainfall. Over 90% of this quail's diet is composed of plant material. Conditions seemed to be good in March 2012 in the Tucson area. Both sexes support the odd crown plume seen in this photo, taken through our car's front window. The bird was named after William Gambel a naturalist who collected plants and animals along the Santa Fe Trail in 1841 (Brown et al. 1998).

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