Gambel's Quail Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Like other quail, Gambel's Quail are plump, volleyball-sized birds with short necks, small bill, and square tail. The wings are short and broad. Both sexes have a comma-shaped topknot of feathers atop their small heads, fuller in males than females.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Northern Bobwhite; slightly smaller than a Chukar or Gray Partridge

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.8 in (25 cm)
      • Weight: 5.6-7.0 oz (160-200 g)
      • Wingspan: 13.4-14.2 in (34-36 cm)