California Quail are known for their comma-shaped feather plume (topknot) which extends from their forehead. Both males and females sport this topknot however males have longer topknots. They are plump birds that can be found foraging on the ground. Males are more ornate and have feathers that are gray and brown. They have black faces that are outlined with white feathers. Females are more plain, they have brown feathers and lack the facial markings sported by the males. Both males and females have a patterned belly with white, creamy and chestnut feathers.