We loved seeing quail on our visits to British Columbia. Some research tells me this is a California quail, found along the Pacific coast of the USA and Vancouver Island and the southern part of British Columbia.
They are small to mid size birds in the pheasant family.
The distinctive head markings on the male are lovely and don’t you just love that little plume feather on the top of its head? It’s made up of 6 feathers that curl towards the front. The female has a little top knot but it doesn’t curl as much as the male one.
Here are both the male and female strutting along a fence but they usually spend most of their time on the ground looking for food. These roundish birds live and nest in wooded areas. Their nests are usually on the ground hidden in long grass under trees and shrubs.
This large flock of California quail, known as a covey, kept scurrying out from under the cover of the trees and over to the feeder to get all the seed scattered on the ground. They were quite skittish and went quickly back to the trees at the slightest noise. But would reappear a little while later and start the process all over again.
This photos shows the female with her top knot as she walks through the grass. Like the majority of birds the female isn’t as brightly coloured as the male.
Our sightings of BC birds include – stellar jays, juncos, sanderlings, black oyster catcher, heron, bar headed goose, red shafted flicker, eagles, dowitchers, yellow legs. black turnstones, towhees,
ABC Wednesday is up to Q. Q for quails.