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.