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Mountain Quail

Oreortyx pictus ORDER: GALLIFORMES FAMILY: ODONTOPHORIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A large quail with an exclamation mark atop its head, the Mountain Quail is found throughout the mountains of the far western United States.

Appearance

Gamebirds
Gamebirds
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large quail.
  • Runs on ground.
  • Small round head with long plume sticking straight up.
  • Round body with short tail.
  • Reddish face.
  • Bold white bars on flanks.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but less strongly marked.

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Similar Species

  • Adult male

    California Quail

    Adult male
    • Curved, not straight topknot
    • Black face in the male
    • Pale lower chest
    • © Simon Richards, British Columbia, Canada, July 2012
  • Adult female and male

    California Quail

    Adult female and male
    • Curved, not straight topknot
    • Black face in the male
    • Scalloped markings on lower chest and stomach
    • © Ben Clock, Point Reyes Station, California, October 2008

Similar Species

  • California Quail has curved, not straight topknot, a black face in the male, and a pale lower chest.

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