March 4, 2017 - Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata)

Requested by: thursdayj

These quail are found in desert grasslands of the southwestern United States and northeast Mexico. They eat seeds and grains, along with some insects in the spring and green leaves in the winter. Males and females construct their nests from grasses in depressions in the ground hidden by dense vegetation. Very social birds, they live in groups called coveys, splitting into pairs during the breeding season. They roost on the ground, forming a circle with their heads facing out and roosting in tighter circles when it’s colder.