Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2017-45
|Scientific name:||Callipepla squamata|
|Length of time observed:||10 minutes|
|Distance to bird:||25 ft|
|Optical equipment:||10x binoculars|
|Weather:||warm & sunny|
|Light Conditions:||ideal, a few clouds|
|Description: Size of bird:||~10" tall, ~6" wide|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||short plump game bird|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||gray-brown, white highlights|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||short, stubby, curved at tip|
Field Marks and
Drab gray-brown overall, with noticeable scaled appearance of breast & belly
feathers. Thin white feathers down flanks. White tuft on head compared to dark
plume of other Utah quail.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||Not heard|
|Behavior:||Standing vigilant atop a vehicle|
|Habitat:||Private driveway, surrounded by grassy livestock pastures and a slickrock hillside featuring pinyon/juniper.|
were they eliminated:
|Other Utah quail have more striking plumage with dark feathers, including the dark head plume. This bird had a white tuft on its head, and the only distinct plumage feature was the scaled breast.|
this & similar species:
|None with this species, it was a life bird. In Garfield Co. I have only seen Chukar, and I have seen Gambel's Quail several times throughout the southwest.|
|References consulted:||Sibley Guide to Birds|
|Description from:||From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting|
|Observer's address:||P.O. Box 1364, Boulder UT, 84716|
|Observer's e-mail address:||**|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||Heather McDevitt|
I found this bird in the same location the following two days, 7/20 & 7/21.
The landowner had previously seen at least two adults, and even photographed
one of them standing beside a young chick.
The bird is located on private property down a private road, and the landowner does not want visitors.