Montezuma Quail: The Most Mysterious Quail in Texas
By Abigail Holmes, Texas A&M University WFSC ‘19
Edited by Robert Perez, Upland Game Bird Program Leader, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Many people are familiar with the “poor-bob-white” call of the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) and the cotton-top plumage of the scaled quail (Callipepla squamata) but one of the lesser known species in the state of Texas, the Montezuma quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae), also has many characteristics that make this striking creature exciting to learn about. They are the least abundant quail species in Texas and can only be found in two ecoregions: the Edwards Plateau and Trans-Pecos. Their distribution in Texas declined in the mid 20th century primarily due to major changes in land use resulting in deteriorating habitat conditions, but they are relatively abundant in Mexico and southern Arizona where the pine-oak woodlands habitat that Montezuma quail prefer can be found (Leopold, A. Starker and Robert A. McCabe 1957). Montezuma quail are also called Mearns’ quail, harlequin quail, fool’s quail and codorniz pinta.Haz clic aquí para editar.