Tommy J. DeBardeleben

New World Quail of Maricopa County


Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii

The Gambel's Quail is found in southwestern deserts on a year round basis, where it's call fills any birding day in the desert.  Gambel's Quails are found in very high numbers in Lower Sonoran desert habitats, and are also found in riparian woodlands were there good desert habitat surrounds the riparian areas.  This bird walks and runs more than flying, although they spook easily and take flight when surprised.  Large flocks, or coveys of Gambel's Quail are often seen together.  Gambel's Quails feed on seeds, plants, and cactus fruits throughout the desert they inhabit.  Any desert area in Maricopa County will have Gambel's Quails.


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