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Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Mountain Quail

Oreortyx pictus

First Noted by Expedition
April 7, 1806, near the mouth of the Multnomah River, Oregon.

A large quail with a long straight head plume. Brown above, with gray head, neck, and breast; chestnut throat; chestnut flanks with bold white bars. Female similar, but duller. Length: 10.5-11.5 in (27-29 cm).

Dry mountains, brushy wooded areas, and chaparral.

Resident in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California. Introduced to southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

This quail migrates on foot from its high-elevation breeding territory to protected valleys, where it winters in coveys of 6 to 12 birds.

Species information from enature.com

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