Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mountain Quail

The mountain quail is a quail living in the mountains of the Pacific coast, from Washington to Mexico. It has a long, straight head plume, a red or chestnut throat and white bars on the sides of its chest (barely visible on the second picture below). These mountain quail were seen just above Angeles Oaks on the Mount San Bernardino Trail.

It was kind of a shock when I first saw them as I'd never heard of them before and they are markedly different from other quail I've seen. I have only seen them twice and I don't even recall the second place I saw them, but it was just a brief view.
A third chick is visible in the bottom right-hand corner and a fourth is visible in the bottom left-hand corner of the picture.

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