Northern Bobwhite
Colinus virginianus

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.

Photo courtesy Donna Bell, Flomaton, Alabama
Copyright (c) 2005 Donna Bell

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