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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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Scalies are the most widespread, with Gambel's occupying the southwest and bobwhites occupying the eastern edge of the state, and public-land opportunities are easy to come by.
Birdwatchers in Northeastern America have been witness to the continuing plummet of northern bobwhite populations.
Rolled neatly into the cavity under the buttplate was a 1925 Kansas hunting license, full of arcane knowledge: In 1925, pheasants didn't exist, prairie chickens were wide open, bobwhite quail were hunted every other year, and deer had been declared extinct.
While MMTR can reduce predation pressure on bobwhite populations, bobwhites and meso-mammals co-evolved such that bobwhites themselves, have strategies to mitigate the risk of predation (e.g.
Those thoughts were interrupted by the buzzing of a dozen bobwhite quail taking flight at my feet, and I didn't return to that salt-rimmed shot again until several hours later.
In Owens' case, that was bobwhite quail, which have experienced a significant decline in the last 30 to 40 years, primarily due to habitat loss.
A better understanding of seed selective preferences by bobwhites may be provided by cluster analysis that uses the weight of seed consumed of each species and the percentage of that seed in the bird's diet.
This led me to the Bobwhite quail where the purpose is focused on release and meat.
"They're almost all gone," said Ranson, a retired timber executive, referring to the northern bobwhite quail.
Northern bobwhites nest in mixed shrub communities composed predominantly of Chickasaw plum in Texas (Guthery et al., 2005).
In Ohio, bobwhites probably did not appear until the nineteenth century (Wheaton 1882, Peterjohn 2001).