California Quail

Callipepla californica

California quail live in pairs or in larger groups throughout campus, and their songs resonate from lookouts on shrubs (chicAgo-chicAgo-chicAAAgo!).  You may also hear their tapping, rapid-fire call as they move deep within the shrubs.


In the spring, a favorite sight on campus is a string of tiny fledglings running along after their parents. See the Breeding Birds page for a video of a little fledgling hiding under its father's wings.

Photo Credit: Alan Sparkman

Audio Credit: Thomas Everest (1), Henry Zylstra (2)