[midvalleybirds] Precocial quail

Judith Paul jupa2006 at msn.com
Mon Jul 8 17:30:28 PDT 2019

The Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds (Ehrlich, Dobkin, and Wheye) indicates that the precocial young of the California Quail are able to fly competently in ten days after hatching.  They look like flying walnuts!

judith paul

On 7/8/2019 5:16 PM, Andi Stephens wrote:

I was watching a California Quail family in Finley yesterday when they
noticed me and crossed the road to to duck into the bushes.  The tiny
babies were scurrying across the road and suddenly started FLYING!

These guys were about 1/4 the size of their mama.  I knew they start
feeding immediately upon hatching, but I can't find any info on how soon
they fly.  Can anyone point me to a source?


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