SCIENTIFIC NAME:Colinus virginianus POPULATION: 5.8 million TREND: Decreasing HABITAT: Old fields and hedgerows, grasslands, open forests
Also known as Virginia quail or bobwhite quail, the Northern Bobwhite is native to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The clear, whistled “bobwhite” call was once a common sound throughout the birds’ range. It’s much more rare today; populations plunged between 1966 and 2014, resulting in an overall decline of 85 percent, according to theNorth American Breeding Bird Survey.
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