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Montezuma Quail: here’s the scoop

threats

This species has had stable population trends over the last 40 years in North America.

Species

Montezuma Quail

Scientific name

Cyrtonyx montezumae

Habitat

Pine oak forest, arid montane scrub, and northern temperate grassland

Diet

Ground forager, feeding on plants, insects, seeds, nuts, and fruits

life expectancy

7 years

Did you know?

The Montezuma quail usually crouches and stays still when danger threatens, and then explodes into flight from a leaping start if the danger comes too close.

Range

Southern Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas and Mexico

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant