Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-50

Common name:

Scaled Quail

Scientific name: Callipepla Squamata
Date: June 1, 2013
Time: 9:30 AM
Length of time observed: 1 minute
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Female (based on crest size)
Location: Ran across Highway 89 between Circleville and, right in front of me.
County: ? Don't know. I was driving home to CO after visiting Bryce  [Piute]
Latilong: ?
Elevation:  I would guess about 5000 ft
Distance to bird: About 30 yards
Optical equipment: None, my eyes
Weather: Clear, sunny
Light Conditions: Excelent
Description:        Size of bird: It is a quail size! About 10 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Scaled distinctly, small crest buffy white at tip
(Description:)            Bill Type: Small and blunt
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I got a very good look at this bird as it ran (east to west) across Highway 89. It was not a Gambels since it lacked a bobel like plume and there was no white flecked chestnut brown on the flank.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Habitat: Dry rocky canyon like area
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
See above. The major identification characteristics were: overall drab but with distinctive scaling, small crest Buffy white at end.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Fairly extensive since I have hunted grouse, quail and ptarmigan for about 35 years. I have seen this species in CO up close (after successful hunts)
References consulted: None
Description from: From memory
Observer: Kenneth G D Allen
Observer's address: 1719 Ticonderoga Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None. My wife was with me and saw this bird but she is not a birder
Date prepared: June 4, 2013
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