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Montezuma Quail Cyrtonyx montezumae

Described by: Vigors (1830)
Alternate common name(s): Montezuma's Quail, Harlequin Quail, Mearns Quail, Mearns' Quail, Mearns's Quail, Salle's Quail
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA - May, 1990 © Cynthia A. Shepard  Patagonia, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA - Feb 22, 2008 © Hans Spiecker  Patagonia, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA - Feb 22, 2008 © Hans Spiecker 
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Sw. border of the United States and Mexico;
Fragmented distribution;
(1) Scattered populations in sw. United States (c. and se. Arizona, s. New Mexico mostly in sw. mountains, and w. Texas w. of the Pecos e. to San Antonio), n. and nw. Mexico (n. Coahuila, n. Sonora).
(2) N. and c. Mexico (c. Nuevo Leon, wc. Tamaulipas s. through Hidalgo to Jalisco, n. Michoacan, Distrito Federal, Puebla and c. Veracruz). Sometimes claimed to occur in Oaxaca.
(3) Ec. Mexico (Mt. Orizaba, Veracruz).
(4) Sw. Mexico (Pacific slope s. Michoacan and Guerrero s. to ec. Oaxaca).
(5) S. Mexico (Guerrero and Oaxaca in the Sierra de Miahuatlan).
North America n. of Mexican border;
Summer and winter: c. to se. ARZ, sw. and sc. NMX, w. and sc. TEX (Big Bend).


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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