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Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite
Northern Bobwhite

© Joseph Kennedy, Katy Prairie at Longenbaugh Road

Colinus virginianus

Family: (Odontophoridae) Quail

Preferred Habitat: Prairies

Seasonal Occurrence: Permanent resident.

Song: Clear, ringing Bob-white!

Notes: The Northern Bobwhite is the most common quail in Texas. Although very familiar to most people, it is listed by the National Audubon Society as the Number 1 "Common Bird in Decline" species. With the disappearance of grasslands, population numbers have suffered a precipitous drop -82% over the past 40 years. The Northern Bobwhite is still found on the Katy Prairie but may be difficult to spot. Sexes are similar in appearance, but the bold black and white of the male are a muted brown and buff combination for the female.
- Susan Billetdeaux