Northern bobwhite

The Northern Bobwhite, Virginia Quail or Bobwhite Quail 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 . They were initially placed with the Old World quails in the pheasant family , but are not particularly closely related. The name bobwhite derives from its characteristic whistling call.

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The Northern bobwhite is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

called the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI).” - March 2010 - NBCI Management Board takes action at North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference, Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Jonathan W. Gassett, head of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Chair of NBCI Management Board, called the first official Management Board meeting to order. Meeting participants included representatives from more than 20 entities, including state and federal agencies, universities, NGOs and the NBTC. More

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. More

The Northern Bobwhite has a large range, including Cuba and much of Eastern North America. Native to North America, Cuba, and Guatemala but introduced to parts of Asia and Europe, this bird prefers grassland, forest, and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird has not been precisely determined but shows significant signs of decline that necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Northern Bobwhite is Near Threatened. More

The Northern Bobwhite has been used extensively for nearly 80 years in laboratory research to study the behavioral and physiological effects of pesticides on wildlife. State of the Birds > Common Birds in Decline > Northern Bobwhite #1 Common Bird in DeclineNorthern Bobwhite(Colinus virginianus) French Name: Colin de Virginie Spanish Name: Codorniz cotu More

Northern bobwhite can live in various habitats, and exist in different phases. The Northern Bobwhite, also called Virginia quail and bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) is the most widespread quail in the United States. A ground bird, this fowl tends to feed on plant material and insects that it comes across. More

Northern Bobwhite is an important game bird. It is extensively hunted in some areas. Its loud call announces its name. More

Northern Bobwhite's song is a rising, clear whistle, bob-White! or bob-bob-White! The call is most often given by males in spring and summertime. Other vocalizations include a range of squeaky whistles. Northern Bobwhite callsPlay sound - Problems listening to this file? See media help. Ecology This fowl primarily inhabits areas of early successional growth dominated by various species of pine, hardwood, woody, and herbaceous growth. More

English: Bobwhite, northern bobwhite; French: Colin de virginie; German: Baumwachtel, Virginiawachtel, Wachtel; Spanish: Codorniz; Colín de virginia. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS Among the smaller Galliformes ranging in length from 8 to 10 in (20–25 cm) and 4 to 8 oz (129–233 g) in weight. Largest birds are found in the northern part of the range and the smallest in southern Mexico. Females are slightly smaller than males. Quite variable male plumage usually contains a combination of black, gray, and white. More

A habitat generalist (Nicholson 1997), the Northern Bobwhite breeds in a variety of early successional stage habitats, such as exist in agricultural areas, open deciduous and mixed forests (Brennan 1999), overgrown fields, woodland edges (Fussell 1994), and gaps made in the forest by logging (Stupka 1963). In Tennessee, are most abundant in a mosaic of agricultural fields, wooded hedgerows, and fallow fields dominated by broom sedge (Nicholson 1997). More

Northern Bobwhites roost communally on the ground in tight circles, heads facing out and sides touching. This formation allows them to conserve heat on cold nights. More

He smiles, instantly recognizing the northern bobwhite's call of its own name. Roland wets his lips and returns the whistle: "bob-bob-white." He climbs the steps to his tree stand and settles in to wait. It's deer hunting season, and while many people think of bobwhites as game birds, this barely crosses Roland's mind. Today, the bobwhite is his morning companion as the sun rises. Plainly Popular Roland's admiration for the bobwhite is not unusual. More

The Northern Bobwhite is a type of quail. It is a stocky, brown bird with a belly streaked with white. Male bobwhites have a white throat and eyebrow. Northern Bobwhites live in a group, called a covey. They can be found in fields, forest clearings, roadsides, and farms. Even though Northern Bobwhites can fly, they usually walk to get around. They can also run fast, although they usually fly to get away from danger. More

* Northern Bobwhite - Cornell Lab of Ornithology species factsheet. * Northern Bobwhite - Information and sound clip from the Assateague Naturalist. * Northern Bobwhite - Mangoverde World Bird Guide Species Page; Images & Sounds. * Northern Bobwhite - USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter. More

the early 1900's, northern bobwhite was nearly extirpated in Lincoln County. Rosche (1979) considered northern bobwhite a permanent resident in the lower North Platte River Valley. Mohler (1944) observed that in 1942, almost every area with suitable habitat in Keith County supported northern bobwhite. Breeding Range: A common nesting species in the Platte River Valley physiographic region, and locally on the Dissected Plain. Fairly common locally on the Eastern Plain. Rare or absent in the Sandhills, and on the Western Plain. More

The Northern Bobwhite is a very small, round, More

completed in March 2002 the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI). The Initiative is the first-ever landscape-scale habitat restoration and population recovery plan for northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) in the U.S. NBCI was developed at the charge of the SEAFWA directors, in recognition of (1) the continuing serious decline of bobwhite populations across most of the species, range, and (2) the necessity for large-scale coordinated, collaborative action at the regional level. More

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Order : Galliformes
Family : Odontophoridae
Genus : Colinus
Species : virginianus
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)