|Gambel's Quail live in desert scrub and
riparian areas, usually where water may be found nearby.
They are well adapted to the desert and change their behavior during the
summer months so that they are most active during the morning and
evening hours when it is cooler. They will usually spend the hotter parts of
the day resting in the shade of bushes or low trees.
The dingle protruding from the
forehead of the Gambel's Quail is called a 'top-knot'.
Quail must obtain water daily either by drinking or
from their food. They eat a variety of insects as well as the fruits of
cacti and seeds. They are social birds and in the fall and winter they
often live in groups of 20 or more individuals. During the nesting period they
pair off and the female usually produces 10-12 eggs which take just
under a month to hatch. The nest consists of a shallow depression lined
with grass. Chicks all hatch the same day and will follow their parents
around closely until they are old enough to take care of themselves.