Gambel’s quail (Callipelpa gambelii), at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. There were about seven chicks in this little family covey. This photo was actually taken in July. The babies are now maladjusted teenagers, and not nearly as cute.
Etymology note: The genus name Callipelpa means beautifully adorned, from Greek words kαλός (beautiful) and πέπλος (a woman’s garment). The name refers to the striking plume that both male and female birds display. It is generally thought that the topknot evolved as a sexual attractant. That it occurs on both males and females suggests that both sexes exert preferences when selecting a mate.