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My papa... Male Gambels are incredibly protective of their young. After a monsoon the entire covey looked in need of the desert sun to bring their feathers back to beauty. Callipepla gambelii,Gambels quail,Geotagged,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

My papa...

Male Gambels are incredibly protective of their young. After a monsoon the entire covey looked in need of the desert sun to bring their feathers back to beauty.

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  1. Wonderful capture! Posted 5 months ago
  2. AWW! Precious scene. Posted 5 months ago
  3. Wonderful, Stephen! Posted 5 months ago
  4. Love it! Posted 5 months ago
  5. Today's Facebook post:

    This lovely scene demonstrates the protective care that Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii) show for their young. They are ground-dwelling birds that live in the desert of the southwestern United States, typically staying near water sources. They eat seeds, berries, leaves, and insects. As humans have encroached on their territory, the birds have adapted to suburbia by visiting backyard bird feeders.

    The young are precocial (born relatively mature) and leave the nest within a day of hatching! But, they continue to follow their parents, who care for them by protecting them and leading them to food sources until they are fully grown. {Spotted in Arizona, USA by Stephen Philips} #JungleDragon #Gambelsquail #Callipeplagambelii

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    Posted 4 months ago
  6. Noooo...that's so cute! the baby already has the head feather and all :-) Posted 2 months ago

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The Gambel's quail is a small ground-dwelling bird in the New World quail family. It inhabits the desert regions of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Sonora; also New Mexico-border Chihuahua and the Colorado River region of Baja California.

Similar species: Chicken-like Birds
Species identified by Stephen Philips
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By Stephen Philips

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Uploaded Jul 3, 2021. Captured in Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739, USA.