I think these
guys were under a week old.
They're about the size of a ping pong ball (from head to
Another group from the same brood
of cute quail chicks
(those are sunflower seed shells they're sitting on)
He's got his little stubby wings out - not
flying yet !
Here's dad with chick trying to get under him,
out of the hot sun.
the garden discussing politics
their fuzzy butts
wings 'cause he hasn't had his morning coffee yet
Scruffy wings! Give that poor chick some
they're losing the fuzzy downy feathers on their wings as the larger
Note that the new feathers' stripes are left to right
as opposed to the downy feathers' stripes which are from head to toe.
Up close you
can see the texture of the different feathers
Out for a
stroll in the desert
(Really it's a sandy hill top near Santa Cruz, California)
Next to mom and dad you can see that they
haven't grown much in
really long necks which you hardly ever see
unless they're stretching up to get a better
The polka-dot lipstick fashion is a little
bizarre-there's no accounting for taste!
The wings seem to grow before the
body catches up
Before they get
their adult coloring it's easy to see their ear holes.
Here are chicks from two different broods, having hatched about a
During the weeks between the ages of these two chicks their coloring
doesn't change much. They still have downy feathers on their
while they're getting regular
feathers on their bodies, but you can see how their bodies grow in
size during this period.
She's a bit
cold so she's puffed up her feathers for insulation
guys are starting to get their topknots and
also they are getting longer tail feathers.
usually at least two dads at a time watching over the
watches too. Here they're scooping up water to drink.
If you look down the middle of their
backs, you can see
the down feathers (left) turn to grey feathers (right). Also their tails grow longer.
she's just a little larger,
the grey stripe down
her back is complete,
the side feathers are darker brown,
downy feathers are gone, even from her head,
and the topknot is getting there...
pretty much get their adult coloring well
before they grow to the
size of an
adult. These 2 girls are only about 2/3 of their adult