French: Colin écaillé German: Schuppenwachtel Spanish: Colín escamado
Other common names: Chestnut-bellied Quail (castanogastris)
interior of Mexico.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. hargravei
Rea, 1973 – WC USA in SE Colorado, SW Kansas, N New Mexico, NW Texas and W Oklahoma.
C. s. pallida
Brewster, 1881 – SE Arizona, S New Mexico and W Texas (SC USA) to NW Mexico (S to CN Sonora and N Chihuahua).
C. s. squamata
(Vigors, 1830) – N Sonora, S Chihuahua, S Coahuila and N Tamaulipas S to Valley of Mexico.
C. s. castanogastris
Brewster, 1883 – S USA (SC Texas) and NE Mexico.
Introduced to C Washington and Nevada, in W USA.
25·5–30·5 cm; 151–202 g, with sexes apparently similar, albeit males marginally heavier. Distinctive short, bushy crest is mainly buff to white,... read more
Repertoire comparatively limited compared to that of Colinus virginianus, but nevertheless... read more
Desert scrub and grasslands with low-growing grasses, forbs and shrubs, and a ground cover of 10... read more
Food and feeding
Takes wide variety of food types, especially seeds, insects and green herbage. In Texas, commonest items were seeds of honey mesquite (... read more
Generally May–Aug (rainy season), but nests sometimes initiated as early as mid Apr and as late as end Sept. Apparently monogamous,... read more
Sedentary; birds generally move about less than 2 km, although some movements of over 100 km... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: Safe. Total population probably numbers in excess of 1,000,000 birds. Important gamebird in SW USA; has declined rather... read more
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