Quail Observation Essay

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The first time I observed the family of Quails was June 5th, 2016 at 5:30 PM. I located them at 61st St and E Gold Dust Avenue. Their habitat included a mowed lawn and field of rocks (apache pink). The weather condition was mildly warm evening. A brief description of quails observed: the male has a generally blueish gray body. He has a black plume extending from his forehead. The fur covering his scalp is maroon. His face is black, though he has white facial markings (extends from throat to the side of his eyes, almost like a beard). His wings and back are brownish. The male’s feet are pink-colored. He is about 12 cm in height. The female Quail had similar physical characteristics except her general fur color is light brownish and
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The location where I spotted the Quails is at 61st St and East Gold Dust avenue. With a relatively cool morning, the habitat where I spotted them is mowed grass. The focal sample in these scenario is a group of male quails. The physical characteristics of the male Quail is as noted as above. As a group, each male kicks the dirt before pecking the dirt, and each male quickly looks up to evaluate the surroundings. Some Quails in the group kick with only with one of the same foot and others kick with both feet. They could alternate in which foot they used or even kick the dirt with both feet at the same time. The Quails kick the dirt before pecking the dirt in reaction to initially not finding any food on the ground. Moreover, they may have learned this behavior as chicks, observing their parental figures. Evolutionary speaking, the Quails may have started to kick the dirt in order to find food because they found it as a sufficient means of quickly finding insects. In the span of thirty minutes, I found this action to occur well over 40 times (tally of all the times the group kicked the dirt). Majority of the time, the duration of kicking lasted 2 seconds. The Quails never kicked the dirt at the same region, they always moved to another region before kicking the dirt once again. In terms of their behavior of ‘noticing other’, the quails would frequently check their surroundings after looking at the ground. The duration of turning their head and looking around their environment lasted for about 5 seconds. The proximate causes for looking around ranges from reacting to environmental noise. Fundamentally speaking, the quails do this because they know that they are liable for their own lives. Evolutionary speaking, male Quails must have adapted to being cautious while eating by constantly observing and noticing their

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