California Quail (species: Callipepla californica) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Callipepla californica
California Quail

©Aconcagua: Male California Quail (Callipepla californica) on right with female on left

©Yathin sk on Wikipedia: California Quail (Callipepla californica)

©Tony Wills: California Quail (Callipepla californica) chick
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Galliformes
Family Odontophoridae
Genus Callipepla
Species Callipepla californica
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

These birds have a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward: black in males and brown for females; the flanks are brown with white streaks. Males have a dark brown cap and a black face with a brown back, a grey-blue chest and a light brown belly. Females and immature birds are mainly grey-brown with a light-colored belly. (Wikipedia)


  • From 24 cm to 26 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • From 36 cm to 41 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They were originally found mainly in the southwestern United States but they have been introduced into other areas including British Columbia, Hawaii, Chile, New Zealand, and to Norfolk Island and King Island in Australia. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • King Island, Australia: Introduced species
  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: rare


Their diet consists mainly of seeds and leaves, but they also eat some berries and insects. (Wikipedia)

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