Both male and female bobwhites help build the nest -- sometimes simply a hollow tramped down in a clumb of tall grass, but usually a woven cover of pine needles, grass, and nearby vegetation, with an opening on one side. At night a covey of bobwhite roost on the ground in a circle, with heads outward and bodies touching. This arrangement keeps them warm even when they are covered with snow.
To identify the Northern Bobwhite look for a bird 8-10 inches long, small size, short tail. the male is reddish brown above, with white on his head and a black necklace; streaked sides. The female is identical but duller in color. Preferred habitat is brushy areas, open pine woods and farms.
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