California Quail

Scientific: Callipepla californica
Spanish: Codorniz de California
Mutsun: Heksen

Diet: Seeds, leaves and small insects
Habitat: Coastal sagebrush, chaparral, foothills, woodland
California Status: Least Concern

California’s State Bird
California quail are hardy and adaptable birds found throughout the state. They scratch at the ground foraging for seeds, keeping close to cover in case predators approach. Quail are hunted by Native people for food and for their feathers which can be used to decorate baskets.