Callipepla californica | California quail


Introduced in 1818 as a gift to King Kamehameha from V. M. Golovin, the California quail has established throughout the Hawaiian Islands. It is a small (9 to11 inches) plump game bird with gray brown body feathers, white creamy chestnut scales on the belly, and males have a black face outlined with white. Females and young birds are browner overall and don’t have the facial markings. Look for their distinctive comma shaped top feather.

Hotspots for California quail

Honua‘ula Forest Reserve (Makāula -‘O‘oma section)

Wet forest


Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Halapepe and ʻŌhiʻa Trails

Dry forestPasture and grasslands


Waiki‘i (off Old Saddle Road)

Pasture and grasslands


Palila Forest Discovery Trail

Dry forest

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Pu‘u Huluhulu Trail

Dry forest

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Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Trail

Wet forest

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