The California State Bird & Flower. Here a male California quail sits atop a wooden post, surrounded by golden poppy wildflowers. The banner is designed with the official CA state colors, blue and gold. (Copyright text will NOT appear on prints and products)
California designated the California quail (Callipepla californica), also known as the valley quail, as its state bird in 1931. This striking bird is common in coastal shrub habitat, in open woodlands and grasslands, and near farmland and parks throughout the state, and along most of the west coast. It ranges in the north from southern British Columbia, Canada, down to Baja California, Mexico. The California poppy (Eschscholzia Californica), also known as the golden poppy, was designated the state flower of California in 1903. This brightly colored flower is native to the west coast and grows wild throughout the state, sometimes covering entire fields or hillsides in bright orange during the spring. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a popular destination for those wishing to see this spectactular spring display.