Monday, November 8, 2010

ABC Wednesday: Q is for Quail

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This is a Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata), a bird species that's common in the Southwestern United States. They are found in pairs during the breeding season, but will gather in flocks of thirty to a hundred birds during the winter months.
They feed on seeds, but will also take fruit, green leaves and insects when they have the chance.
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They lay up to 16 eggs and the parents will lead the chicks for weeks, teaching them how to find food and protecting them.

Scaled Quails prefer running for cover when they spot a predator to flying away and they look a bit like wind-up toys, I think:

The video show the white crest nicely that is typical for scaled quails. The quails live at Burgers Zoo.
See what else Q stands for over at ABC Wednesday

20 comments:

Mar said...

Beautiful birds and lovely choice for Q!
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mrsnesbitt said...

I always think Quail's eggs look such a treat - never tasted them yet but must do in the future.

Denise
ABC Team

Shooting Parrots said...

Great photos as ever. Like Denise, I wondered if quail's eggs are delicacy in the US. I've only ever seen them on cookery programmes!

Reader Wil said...

Burgers Zoo is in the Netherlands isn't it? I like these quails! They look so wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Sylvia K said...

Great birds and great choice for the Q Day! I used them, too!! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Gigi Ann said...

The Quail really is such a cute bird.

jabblog said...

Clockwork toys indeed! Lovely clip :-)

photowannabe said...

Quail always seem so cute to me. I agree they look like windup toys. There is something comical and very winsome about them.

Roger Owen Green said...

nice birds, and ones I've actually HEARD of!

ROG, ABC Wednesday

Babooshka said...

They are sweet looking birds, sadly none of which we have here.

Kay L. Davies said...

I think they are so cute when they run. I've only seen them on rare occasions and I just love it when I do.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Jama said...

I've seen quail eggs being sold here, they are much more expensive than the chicken's egg but I love them.

Tumblewords: said...

How cute! Love that 'spiked' hair look!

wenn said...

lovely bird!

Wanda said...

What a beautiful quail. It is really a lovely bird.

I always remember the Bible Story where God sent quail to the Children of Israel when they complained and wanted meat. God must like it!

Kcalpesh said...

Wow, I'm seeing that bird for the first time...

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TheChieftess said...

that top photo is a wonderful capture!

Anna said...

I knew you were going to choose Quail for Q! There are not many other choices if you are to show a living animal. (The quagga is extinct.)
Beautiful photos. Very sweet birds. I always enjoy visiting your blog.
Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's abcWed.rd 7-Q

Reader Wil said...

Thank you Jedediah ! We don't live far from Arnhem and therefore we visited Burgers'Zoo in the past, but every year the zoo becomes more and more beautiful. Did you also see the safari park with African wildlife, like lions, giraffes, zebras...? We saw it 40 years ago. Another zoo which we saw several times recently is the one in Amersfoort( not far from Arnhem). It is a very beautiful and modern zoo. Also nice for children, with caves and tunnels which are forbidden for adults!! You can walk over a bridge and look down on the giraffes, which is very interesting for a change.The zoo in Rotterdam is also very modern and exciting voor young and old! But they have to economize, which is a shame!

Reader Wil said...

Hi Jedediah! I 've just seen your photos of Burgers Zoo! They are really beautiful and very interesting. Thank you for sharing your knowledge about all the birds and other animals. I saw that you also did the safari! You made me enthusiastic for the zoo again!