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common name for an American henlike bird of the family Phasianidae, which also includes the pheasant and the partridge. The eastern bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) is about 10 in. (25 cm) long. Its plumage is mixed brown, black, and white in the male and brown and buff in the female, making it almost invisible against the vegetation of weedy fields and edges of woodland. Bobwhites feed on insects and weed seeds. During much of the year they travel in coveys, sleeping at night in a compact circle, tails to the center. Thus they can fly out in all directions if alarmed. In spring when the coveys disperse, each male selects a territory in which to nest; the characteristic call of "bob-white" functions to attract a mate and to warn off other males. The female is responsible for nest building, and builds a nest on the ground in which she lays 12 to 15 eggs per clutch. Like most quails, bobwhites are monogamous. The large brood follows the hen; when danger threatens, the hen feigns injury until the young have scattered and hidden. Bobwhites are hunted as game birds and are often called quail or partridge; they can be raised on farms and multiply rapidly under protection. Bobwhites are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Galliformes, family Phasianidae.
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Meanwhile, it has taken the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) no less than seven years to hatch a plan for bobwhite restoration, which was released in 2014--and it's a mere six pages long.
16,23) Blood uric acid concentrations did not change in northern bobwhite quail that had severe renal lesions on histologic examinations that were attributed to flunixin meglumine treatment.
2013) Multi-region response to conservation buffers targeted for northern bobwhite.
Their work has paid off, and the farm boasts a healthy population of wild bobwhite quail, dove, rabbit, and whitetail deer.
Some landowners have expressed concern that roadrunners prey on bobwhite quail, but Ransom said, "I seriously doubt roadrunners prey on very many quail.
The northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) is one of the most important upland game species in North America.
Bird species such as American robin, Bachman's sparrow, common yellowthroat, Eastern bluebird, and Northern bobwhite are favored by this strategy (Table 2).
The northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) is a game bird well studied throughout its wide range (Brennan 1991, Roseberry 1979, Weber et al.
So far, we have rehomed canaries, parakeets, Bobwhite quail, Chinese quail, a muscovy drake we have had 10 years with his two wives, a few geese ( I was very pleased to find a lovely home for them because one of them is doolally ( and two ferrets.
For example, Rollins & Carroll (2001) suggested several possible explanations for the near continent-wide decline in northern bobwhite abundance (Colinus virginianus), including increased mesopredator numbers.
That's similar, perhaps, to the fact that another law recently named the bobwhite quail the state bird, beating out the turkey and the pigeon in a close race.