Gambel's quail

[ gahm-buhls kweyl ]
/ ˈgɑm bəls ˈkweɪl /


a bluish-gray true quail, Callipepla gambelii, with a distinctive forward-curving plume, or topknot: native to the desert areas of the western U.S., it is often confused with the California quail, but the Gambel’s quail has a somewhat longer topknot and, on the male, a copper-colored cap.

Origin of Gambel's quail

First recorded in 1850–55; named after William Gambel (1823–49), U.S. ornithologist and botanist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019