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Scaled Quail   (Callipepla squamata)
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This ground-dwelling bird inhabits the southwestern grasslands of the United States. They are highly social and live in large groups called coveys until breeding season, during which time they break up into pairs. They are named for the striking, scaly appearance of their breast and back feathers.

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order - Galliformes
Family - Odontophoridae
Genus - Callipepla
Species - C. squamata

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Asleep at the wheel?

Can you imagine spending nearly all of your life in the air? The common swift doesn’t have to - it just does! From the day this bird learns to fly, it almost never touches the ground voluntarily - it eats, drinks, mates, and may even sleep while flying. While sleep walking can be problematic in humans, many birds have the ability to enter a state called unihemispheric slow-wave sleep, where one half of the brain sleeps as the other remains alert. This method of “sleeping with one eye open,” is a great way to avoid becoming another animal’s meal, and has led to the suspicion that these birds, who almost never willingly land, also sleep while in flight!

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