National Geographic : 1950 Mar
412 Despite Its Museumlike Pose, This Valley Quail Is Very Much Alive Often at El Rancho Feliz the mother quail leads her brood up through the flower gardens to the feeding station where the whole family partakes of the free grain and seeds. To Californians this sturdy-bodied quail with jaunty crest is the most familiar upland game bird. In the early years of settlement they were profuse; flocks of hundreds were not unusual. Though still common, they are reduced in numbers, so that bands now ordinarily number only from 10 to 50.