• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

The Montezuma quail

A fleeting glimpse of the Montezuma Quail

A fleeting glimpse of the Montezuma Quail

S. Sorola, TPWD

In the spring of 2005, sightings of the Montezuma quail were documented in the Chisos Mountains for the first time since a reintroduction attempt over thirty years ago. This was the first confirmed sighting in the park since a release in Pine Canyon in the early 1970’s. A Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist who has studied them in different parts of the U.S. was the first to sight a specimen within the park. Research is ongoing to learn more about the extent of this population.

Native to the Chisos Mountains, the Montezuma quail were extirpated from their mountain habitat in the 1930s.

Video of Montezuma Quail sightings, May 2005
Click here to view a video of park and TPWD staff looking for Montezuma Quail on the South Rim of the CHisos Mountains. The calls you hear are a TPWD staffer attempting to attract the quail.

Did You Know?

Amon Carter presenting President Roosevelt the deeds to Big Bend

President Franklin Roosevelt received the deed to the property of the Big Bend on D-Day (June 6, 1944). The park was formally established six days later, and officially opened to visitors in July 1944. More...