Common Name: California Quail
Scientific Name: Callipepla californica
Year Adopted as State Bird: 1931
Range in State: In brushy woods and suburban areas as well as large urban parks; year-round, but absent from the southwestern part of the state
Shared With Other States: None
This state bird has the honor of being the only state bird whose name includes the full name of its state, though several other state birds include clues in their names. The California quail was recommended by the Audubon Society as the state's official bird and was legally named the state's symbol by the legislature. Round and energetic, these chicken-like birds readily come to yards in appropriate regions where ground-feeding areas are available.