Mountain Quail occupy different habitats throughout the year, moving between high and low elevations to find the best sources of food. Mountain quail forage by walking on the ground and using their feet to dig up small insects, plant bulbs, and seeds. They will also pick berries and other fruits off of vegetation in the late spring and summer. Mountain Quail nest on the ground and use pine needles and grasses for formation of a small cup. Fledgling chicks have been observed following around both parents for some time after leaving the nest. These quail have several methods of courtship behavior, ranging from parading and bowing, to using grasses or pine needles as a prop and throwing it over their back.