Gambel's Quail are seed eaters. They also like herbaceous material, fruits and berries. They are ground feeders. We see them early in the morning in the patio. At sundown, they make a foray through our back yard.
Gambel's quail inhabit brushy and thorny vegetation of southwestern deserts. They range up to a mile, often along river valleys and drainages. They roost at night time in shrubs and trees, usually just a few inches to a few feet off the ground. They appear commonly in suburbs.
These gregarious birds often join together in groups known as coveys, which may total 20 or more individuals in fall and winter. [This is the behaviour we're seeing now. In spring and summer, we see individual family groups.] They produce a l0cation or assembly call, "ka-KAA-ka-ka," to locate a mate or other covey members. They emit a distinct "chip-chip-chip" when alarmed. [Desert USA]