Northern Bobwhite

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Common Name: Northern Bobwhite
Scientific Name: Colinus virginianus

Size: 10-13 inches (30-33cm)

Habitat: North America; Eastern United States and Mexico. Also introduced in Pacific Northwest, Caribbean (possibly native to Cuba), Hawaii, New Zealand, Europe, and China. Found in forested areas and forest edges.

Status: Near Threatened. Global Population: 9,200,000 mature individuals. Changes in agricultural land use (weed removal and herbicide use), forestry (high-density pine plantations), and lack of use of prescribed fire have resulted in widespread habitat fragmentation. Over 20,000,000 individuals were recently being killed annually by hunters in the USA and poor management of populations could result in declines.

Diet: Seeds, fruits, flowers, and a few insects.

Breeding: Both males and females can incubate nests, with most nests predominantly incubated by females. If the first clutch of eggs is unsuccessful, a breeding pair (may be the same pair or a different pair as that which led to the previous nesting attempt) will attempt to lay, incubate, and hatch additional clutches. Chicks will leave the nest approximately 24 hours following hatching.

Cool facts: The bobwhite is a small chicken-like bird found in the eastern United States and Mexico. It is an important game bird and extensively hunted in some areas. It gets it’s name from it’s call which sounds a little like “B… Bob… White!”

The Northern Bobwhite is divided into 22 different subspecies. Females show little variation among the different forms, but the males can vary dramatically. Some Bobwhites from Mexico have little banding across the chest, are uniformly rufous, and have all black heads.

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