Pair of Gambel’s Quail

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Male and Female Gambel's Quail perched on dead stump against blue sky (sandra calderbank)

Before my trip to Bosque del Apache National wildlife refuge, I didn’t know these beautiful quail existed. It snowed while I was visiting and the Refuge was closed. I hiked around in the snow in the surrounding countryside and found this pair, posing for me. A Male and Female together on a dead stump. The Male is very colorful and both birds have a very exotic looking top-knot. I was grateful for the snow!

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