About Gambel’s Quail
- The scientific name is Callipepla peplos, which means “Beautiful Robe.” That one has me stumped too!
- The namesake of the Gambel’s Quail is William Gambel. Mr. Gambel was a naturalist that died trying to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Another sort of head-scratcher of a name.
- The collective noun for Gambel’s Quail is a “covey” or a “bevy”. The babies are “chicks” or “chippers.”