i have abundant quail here and and they roost high in the oaks. when the covey is forageing they will often have a look out perched high on a branch or rock out cropping.
the quail here have top knots on both sexes. i think that is the native variety. when i was in the valley just the males had top knots. i bet the natives where wiped out of that area of the valley and reintroduced with a non native.
i'm having a terrible time with the quail eating my new shoots. it's seasonal. they only bother the crops in the dry season.
if anyone has ideas for quail control i'd be interested
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