Documentation of Scaled Quail

Observer Information

Reporter:  Steve Linderer   
Other Observers:  Margaret Linderer;

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Scaled Quail
First Date/Time:  11/1/2006
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  30 minutes
County:  Custer
Specific Location:  2177 County Road 260, Westcliffe, CO
County Road 260 2.177 miles from Highway 96
38.1764 N, 105.3567 W

Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Dirt driveway, adjacent meadow, Open Pinyon Ponderosa forest. Mixed bird seed was spread on ground.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  10x42 Eagle Ranger Platinum binoculars
Distance:  10 feet at closest
Light:  Sunny, light wind, approximately 50 degrees F.

Description of the Bird

Definite quail shape. Light grey to brownish gray overall. Bushy topknot light in color. Fully scaled breast.
Behaviors: Foraging quail-like in dirt driveway and nearby grassy areas.
Call: Clucking sounds
Plumage: Adult

Similar Species Discussion

Very familiar with Bobwhite and California Quail, compared bird to other quail in Sibley Guide to Birds. Bird had a bushy tuft of feathers on head--distinctive to scaled quail.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide to Birds

Previous Experience

Very familiar with bobwhite and California quail. Long time bird observers--intermediate skill level.


Notes made AFTER observation

Additional Information

Comments: We are submitting this because we don't see scaled quail on the Custer County list. We can submit a photo if asked.
Time: 1430 - 1500
Elevation: 8300
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Westcliffe
Independent Observers:

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Date Documentation Submitted

1/22/2007 1:19:00 PM