Gambel’s Quail – (Callipepla gambelii) have plump, stocky bodies, rounded wings, and prominent head plumes. The name Callipepla comes from the Greek kalli ( beautiful) and peplos (robe). The body is gray above and buff below, with streaked sides. Males have a black face and throat and a white headband.
These birds spend most of their time on the ground, often near washes and springs. At night they roost in low branches of shrubs or trees. They are generally gregarious and form coveys of 20 or more in fall and winter.
These Quail can be seen along the trail early mornings if one is quiet. Located in washes and areas where water can be found. They are fun to watch and they have a series of calls they make to each other.