Montezuma’s Reward: The Rarest Quail in Texas


Mearns or Montezuma, the largest and rarest of our four Texas quails, is found throughout the mountains of far-West Texas.

We have this quail in small numbers at Circle Ranch. Blues and Gambels are runners. Mearns hold even more tightly than bobwhite. What a shock when they flush—literally—from under your feet.

This article was published in the December 2016 issue of Texas Wildlife – Magazine of the Texas Wildlife Association. It is posted here with permission of the Texas Wildlife Association (

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