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Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
Northern Bobwhite (Female), Ramirez Ranch, Near Roma, Texas
Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
NORTHERN BOBWHITE FACTSDescription
The Northern Bobwhite is a medium sized quail. It has a rounded body, short tail, round head with short crest. The body is reddish brown, black and white in a cryptic scaly pattern. The male has white stripe above eye and white throat, with black patch behind the eye. The female has buff stripe above eye, and buff throat. Juveniles are similar to females but duller.
length 20cm - 24cm
pastures, roadsides, farmlands, open woodlands.
seeds, fruit, insects, plant shoots
Northern bobwhite nest in a shallow depression on the ground. Lays a clutch of 14 - 16 white eggs which hatch after incubation of 23 days
The Northern Bobwhite is found in southern Ontario, most of the eastern half of the United States, and western Mexico. Also introduced in Pacific north west states, Caribbean, Hawaii, New Zealand, Europe, and China.
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "near threatened".