Baking: Montezuma Quail



Cyrtonyx montezumae

Length: 7-9 Weight: 0.25-0.5 lbs


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.



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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