No, that’s not a misspelling. Usually used as a verb, a gambol is defined as a skipping or frisking about. Although a Gambel’s quail doesn’t actually skip, it’s not a gamble to guess that you’ll see them moving like lightning across roads or into the shelter of a nearby cactus if you’re in Arizona. These chubby cuties look for cactus fruit and grasses and if you catch sight of Mom a/o Dad followed by a line of tiny fluff balls, it’ll bring a smile to even the most jaded face.
Although quail are mostly seen zooming around on the ground, they can definitely fly. In my parents’ neighborhood, they show their appreciation of Spanish-style roof tiles by perching atop them to survey the surrounding area.