California quail


Definition of California quail

: a quail (Callipepla californica synonym Lophortyx californica) that has a large forwardly curving black crest, the back brownish gray, the throat black bordered by white, the breast bluish, and the belly and flanks marked with black, white, and chestnut, and that inhabits humid and arid regions from Baja California to southern Oregon

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“California quail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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