CALIFORNIA VALLEY QUAIL . . . . . . (NEW ZEALAND, NORTHLAND, LANGS BEACH) . . . . . . This beautiful bird (Callipepla californica), also known as “California Quail” or “Valley Quail”, is a ground-dwelling quail, and it has a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward, black in males and brown for females. The quail was originally found in the southwestern United States, but they have been introduced into other areas including British Columbia, Hawaii, Chile and New Zealand. It is a highly sociable bird and often gathers in small flocks, it is also the state bird (symbol) of California.