Scaled Quail

(Callipepla squamata)

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Scaled Quail

Callipepla squamata
Photo by Dan Cowell

Scientific Information

Other Names: Blue Racer Quail, Blue Quail, Cotton-top Quail, Top-knot Quail.

Subspecies: Four subspecies are generally recongized: C. s. hargravi, C. s. squamata, C. s. pallida and C. s. castanogastris. castanogastris is known as the Chestnut-bellied and is commonly seen in captivity. hargravi is the dominate race in the United States.

Range: From southeastern Colorado and sothwestern Kansas south through the Oklahoma Panhandle, New Mexico, western Texas and southern Arizona into central Mexico. Has been introduced into parts of Nevada and Washington.

Habitat: Arid grassland, scrub and desert.

Status in Wild: Still widely hunted in the American west, this species has shown a steady decline in the past 40 years.

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(l to r): 1, John Renwick; 2, Jan Harteman.


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