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California Valley Quail

The California Quail (Callipepla californica) — also referred to as the California Valley Quail or the Valley Quail — is the official state bird of California. The California Quail is a small, plump bird prized for its hardiness and adaptability. The California Valley Quail is known for its unique drooping crest (plume) on top of its head.

These birds are highly sociable, gathering in small flocks known as coveys. While California Quail are typically found on the ground, males are sometimes seen perching as a lookout for their covey. 

Male California Quail have a distinctive comma-shaped black crest/plume, black face sharply outlined in white and a rich brown crown, blue-gray chest, and a scaled black and white belly with a chestnut brown patch in the center. Females and immature birds don't have the strong face markings and are mainly grey-brown with a light-colored belly. Females have a smaller, brown crest and lay creamy white eggs with golden brown spots. 

California Quail shipped only in June and sold in lots of 100 chicks. Different breeds of quail cannot be mixed to meet a minimum order. 

See our FAQ for more information on states with restrictions on quail. We recommend checking with your state wildlife or regulatory agency before placing an order for gamebirds.

Item # Description 100 Quantity
CVQS Unsexed 100 100 for $415.00 Sold Out
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