Bobwhite Quail

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About 2 dozen

The Northern Bobwhite, Virginia Quail or (in its home range) Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus) is a ground-dwelling bird native to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. It is a member of the group of species known as New World quails (Odontophoridae). They were initially placed with the Old World quails in the pheasant family (Phasianidae), but are not particularly closely related. The name "bobwhite" derives from its characteristic whistling call.

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Diet

The Northern Bobwhite's diet consists of seeds, and insects that vary with the season.

Habitat

The Northern Bobwhite lives in shrubby thickets adjacent to open areas such as grasslands, agriculture, roadsides and wood edges.

Similar Species

The Ruffed Grouse is larger with a fan-like tail.

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