They got their name after the scaly pattern of their feathers on their chest and back and recognisable by the cotton tuft-like white crest on the top of the head. They prefer bushy, semi-desert and woodlands environment and feel the best at around metres above sea level. They are very sociable birds, sometimes, especially in the winter they can be seen in a flock of no less than birds. They like to take over deserted old nests on the ground as well as some nests up on trees.
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This species is the only one in the genus Oreortyx, which is sometimes included in Callipepla. This is not appropriate, however, as the Mountain Quail's ancestors have diverged from other New World quails earlier than the bobwhites, no later than 6 mya. The Mountain Quail is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category.