Rambo's Chihuahua Blog

Friday, April 16, 2010

Feather Friday

G-Mom has been dying to show you some of the birds in our back yard, so I am introducing Feather Friday, so she can have one day a week to show off her birds. Just ONE day G!! So here goes her first Feather Friday. Today's bird is the California Quail. This is the state bird of California. These birds have a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward: black in males and brown for females; the flanks are brown with white streaks. Males have a dark brown cap and a black face with a brown back, a grey-blue chest and a light brown belly. Females and immature birds are mainly grey-brown with a light colored belly. Their diet consists mainly of seeds and leaves, but they also eat some berries and insects; for example, Toyon berries are a common food source. And as you can see, these birds like bread too. If startled, these birds explode into short rapid flight, called "flushing". Given a choice, they will normally make their escape on foot. Their breeding habitat is shrubby areas and open woodlands in western North America. They live on the hill behind our house. I hope you enjoyed G-Mom's first episode of Feather Friday!!


C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Hi Rambo and MM!
Ooh I like this Feather Friday! What a pawesome-looking bird! I am going to look around my new yard and see if there are any special birds to show you too.

The Doxie Diaries said...

Hi Rambo! Thanks for stoppng by my blog. I am almost off of vacation. I've had a nice, lazy week. Just curled up and slept next to my Mommy all week long. It was heaven.


Frankie Furter said...

FEATHER FRIDAY!!! I don't have that kind of quail here. Butt my mom and dad Have seen them when they were in Arizona!! Tell your G-mom that this was a grrrreat thingy!!!

The OP Pack said...

Great idea - always nice to learn about the environment and inhabitants of our furiends. Very interesting facts you have to share here about that quail. We bet if they were here, TD might actually try to catch one.

Happy Weekend.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Furry khool feature!

Thanks fur sharing!

I bet I'd be flushing them out with Thunder!


Jemma the Chihuahua said...

Those are some very beautiful pictures of these quails! We had a pet button quail (tamed) once and when startled, would "boink", which we assume is almost the same as flushing? Anyway, we love birds, so will be looking forward to Feather Fridays!

Anonymous said...


Lorenza said...

Hi, Rambo!
Those are beautiful birdies!
Thanks for showing them to us!
Here I only see boring doves!
Kisses and hugs

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

We love Feather Friday! Love the quail pics. You have some nice feathered friends.

Ruby and Penny said...

Hi Rambo
We love to see and chase the birds.
This one has a very nice headdress.
Love Ruby & Penny

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