Baking: Montezuma Quail

 

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Cyrtonyx montezumae

Length: 7-9 Weight: 0.25-0.5 lbs

Identification:

Male has black breast and sides with numerous white spots, brown back with black barring, and a crisply painted black and white face. Female is tan overall with black barring on back and muted head markings similar to male.

MONQ

Distribution: 

Resident of central and western Mexico from near Yucatan Peninsula, north into extreme southern Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Cool Facts:

This bird is colloquially known as Mearn’s Quail, Harlequin Quail, or Fool Quail.

When frightened, Montezuma Quail typically remain very still until the threat is too close; they may even freeze long enough to be picked up by hand.

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References:

All About Birds

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