We have only one species of quail in Montana but WHAT a species! The California quail has been designated by us as the second goofiest looking bird on our list. This bird sports a long protrusion from its forehead and thereby cuts a distinctive profile when seen in a dark tangle of branches on the forest floor. A typical California hippy, their diet consists mainly of seeds, leaves, and berries (with an occasional insect thrown in the mix), which may explain their substantial lifespan of up to seven years (compared to, for example, ring-necked pheasants who live only about two years, if they can manage to steer clear of hunters for that long). Also like Californians, these quail are seasonally monogamous and tend to live in communes (ok, technically these are called communal broods with multiple males, females, and chicks living together in peace and harmony).
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