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.
Larger than a Northern Bobwhite; slightly smaller than a Chukar or Gray Partridgebetween robin and crow
- 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)