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Bird of the Week: Valley Quail

Okanogan Country | 02/12/2019 | Lake Chelan Valley, Leavenworth Cascade Foothills, Methow Valley, North Cascades, Seattle, Seattle Northcountry, Skagit Valley & Fidalgo Island, Stevens Pass Greenway, The Great Outdoors, Wenatchee Columbia River Valley, Whidbey Scenic Isle Way, Wildlife Viewing

These common Quail can be found almost everywhere you look in Okanogan County (and many places along the Cascade Loop) during the winter months!

Both valley (California) quail and mountain quail are found in Washington. Valley quail are by far the more abundant of the two and are found in vast numbers on both sides of the Cascades. Last year was a banner year for Quail in Okanogan Country, so you can spot quite a few this winter. 

The valley quail features a curving plume, comprised of several small feathers that droop forward. The male's plume is larger and darker than the females. Males also have a dark brown cap and a black face edged with white, a brown back, grey-blue chest, and light brown belly. 

A covey of these types of quail may range from dozen to several dozens of birds. They tend to feed most actively in the morning and late afternoon, so be sure to keep your eye out during this time. 

Habitat: Thick tangles of trees and tall brush, especially near stream beds and small ponds. 

To learn more visit WDFW.

Did You Know? 

1. Quails can lay up to 20 eggs at a time!

2. Quails can only fly short distances.

3. A flock of Quail is called a covey.

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