Oreortyx – Mountain quail

The dramatic head plume sticks straight when alert or agitated (it’s not a wifi router, guys)

The small ground-dwelling, easy-to-hear, and difficult-to-see bird have a secretive nature and can fly three thousand meters (almost 2 miles) above sea level. Two plumes easily identify them on their head like a top knot which is a clue to their altitude. When the bird is relaxed, the plume is angled backward, and when the bird is active or alert, the plume stands straight like an exclamation mark. Mountain quail is monogamous in breeding and have precocial chicks.

The species is not considered threatened due to its stable population. While the loss of habitat can be a significant threat as these birds only prefer a cool and arid climate.