Montezuma QuailCyrtonyx montezumae
- ORDER: Galliformes
- FAMILY: Odontophoridae
The strikingly marked Montezuma Quail is a bird of Mexican mountains, reaching the United States only in southern Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas.More ID Info
- Codorniz de Moctezuma (Spanish)
- Colin arlequin (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Montezuma Quail usually crouches and stays still when danger threatens, and then explodes into flight from a leaping start if the danger comes too close. In captivity, even with clipped wings, it can leap at least 2 m (6.5 feet) straight up, often with enough force to cause severe injury or death if it strikes the roof of a cage.