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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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A Truly Amazing Race…

Many species of birds migrate when the weather changes, but some species take their journeys to extremes. The Arctic tern tops this list: it flies from the Arctic to Antarctic and back again every year of its life! In 2013, scientists tracked Arctic terns nesting in the Netherlands and discovered that they flew 56,000 miles per year! With a lifespan of approximately 30 years, this means these birds fly over 1.5 million miles over the course of their lives! Because the distance they migrate is so enormous, they don’t just get better weather and more abundant food each year, they get more daylight than any other animal on the planet!

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