Field Frame Friday: This is how I show my love – QUAIL

A California Quail (Callipepla californica) poses majestically on a shrub. California Quail participate in brood-mixing, where multiple female quail will raise multiple offspring (related and not-related) in communal family groups. It is suggested that females involved in communal family groups also live longer than those in single family groups. There are benefits of being a social bird!

[Photo by Alycia Drwencke, caption by Maggie Creamer & Alycia Drwencke]


Calkins, J. D. (2007). The family behavior of California Quail: a molecular analysis. The Condor109(4), 962-967.


[Edited by Maggie Creamer]

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