SCIENTIFIC NAME:Callipepla squamata POPULATION: 5 million TREND: Decreasing HABITAT: Desert scrub and dry grasslands.
The Scaled Quail is a member of the New World quail family, along with Northern Bobwhite. It’s more closely related to California and Gambel’s Quail, although it lacks the striking appearance of those species.
When Scaled Quail feel threatened, they prefer to run rather than fly. They are fast runners, reaching speeds above 15 miles per hour. Foraging on the ground in groups called coveys, the birds feed on seeds, insects, and plant material, often whistling and calling to stay in contact with one another.