Male Gambel’s Quail walking through desert

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I photographed this Male Gambel’s Quail walking through the desert in New Mexico. These Quail are frequently in large coveys or groups, but this Male was walking alone. It seems these desert residents would rather run or walk than fly. The Gambel’s Quail lives in thorny vegetation and they eat mostly plants and seeds. They are entertaining to observe with their comma-shaped top knot and plump round bodies.

Sandra Calderbank
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