This new oil painting of a Gambel's Quail was a commission. Even though it has found a new home I wanted to post a photograph of it. We have the "Gambel's Quail" all over the desert here. They are very interesting birds, not the most colorful to paint, but they are fun to watch.
A bird of the Desert Southwest, Gambel's Quail is common in much of the Southwest, particularly southern Arizona and New Mexico. Here they look and act very much like the more widespread California Quail, but the two species' ranges do not overlap. Look for these tubby birds running between cover in suburbs and open desert or posting a lookout on low shrubs.