An interesting thing about
Mountain quail is the way the eggs hatch. Eggs often
hatch over a three day period which is unusual for any
member of the quail family. Usually these birds pop
right out of the egg. Another thing about Mountain
quail is their reputation for not being regular
producers. This is certainly true in the wild and
most breeders have found they have an "off year" with
Adults , 10.6-11.5 inches
long. The sexes are very similar in appearance.
This relatively large western quail differs from all
others in that both sexes have straight, narrow, and
blackish crests composed of only two feathers, which
appear with the juvenile plumage. The throat is
chestnut, edged with black, and this is separated from
the slate gray on the back, wings, and tail.