- Committed Couple
- Oil on Canvas
- 11" x 14"
Gambel Quail, the birds with the top knot dangling over their forheads, mate for life. They also live in family units: the winter coveys even include nonbreeding adults. But during breeding season, the coveys change. Unmated males find a high spot to call to potential females. Males help with the hatched brood (9-14 chicks), while the female may start a second clutch.
Their nest may be a scraped depression near a sheltering plant or an old roadrunner or Cactus Wren nest.
You’ll see them looking for food in early morning or late afternoon; seeds, grain, plants and fruit of cacti on the ground.
And always, the traffic stopping procession of Momma and Daddy hustling their huge brood across a busy street. They make it, the little ones hoping up over the curbing to safety. Amazing!