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California State Bird

California Valley Quail - click to see all state birds
California valley quail photo © Doug Schonewald: Doug's Pics
(used by permission). See all state birds - National Bird

California Valley Quail

California quail video

California designated the California valley quail as official state bird in 1931. Known for their hardiness and adaptability, the native California valley quail (Callipepla Californicus) is a plump bird, smaller than a pigeon, with a distinctive black plume on its head and a black bib with a white stripe under its beak. Other common names: California partridge, Catalina quail, Topknot quail and Valley Quail.

Coveys number from a few up to 200 in the fall and winter months, but in the spring they break into pairs. California Valley Quail nest in hollows scratched in the ground and concealed by foliage, females lay 6 to 28 eggs - creamy white thickly spotted with golden brown.

Source:
State Symbols: California State Library
California Quail: Nature Works
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