California Quail are plump, short-necked game birds with a small head and bill. They fly on short, very broad wings. The tail is fairly long and square. Both sexes have a comma-shaped topknot of feathers projecting forward from the forehead, longer in males than females.
About the size of Northern Bobwhite; half the size of a Ring-necked Pheasantbetween robin and crow
- Both Sexes
- Length: 9.4-10.6 in (24-27 cm)
- Weight: 4.9-8.1 oz (140-230 g)
- Wingspan: 12.6-14.6 in (32-37 cm)