New World Quails (Odontophoridae)

Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii) - HBW 2, p. 424

French: Colin de Gambel German: Helmwachtel Spanish: Colín de Gambel
Other common names: Desert Quail

Taxonomy: Lophortyx Gambelii Gambel, 1843, west of California = south Nevada, USA.
Often placed in Lophortyx. Sometimes considered conspecific with C. californica, with which forms superspecies. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • gambelii (Gambel, 1843) - S Utah and Nevada, W USA, S to Baja California, NW Mexico.
  • sana (Mearns, 1914) - W Colorado, WC USA.
  • ignoscens (Friedmann, 1943) - S New Mexico and extreme W Texas, SC USA.

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  • gambelii (Gambel, 1843) - S Utah and Nevada, W USA, S to Baja California, NW Mexico.
  • sana (Mearns, 1914) - W Colorado, WC USA.
  • ignoscens (Friedmann, 1943) - S New Mexico and extreme W Texas, SC USA.
  • pembertoni (van Rossem, 1932) - Tiburon I, in Gulf of California, NW Mexico.
  • fulvipectus Nelson, 1899 - NC to SW Sonora, NW Mexico; possibly also SE Arizona and SW New Mexico, SW USA.
  • stephensi (Phillips, 1959) - S Sonora, NW Mexico.
  • friedmanni (Moore, 1947) - coastal and NW Sinaloa, NW Mexico.