Photo: California quail display their finery

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Who's got the cutest crest in town? The California quail (Callipepla californica), that's who. Just look at this covey! The three males and a female – photographed by Mark Heatherington at Emigrant Lake, Oregon – are the picture pf perfection with their wonderfully coiffed topknots. While the crests of a quail might not be as bold as other birds, they're undeniably elegant ... not to mention adorable.

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