Bobwhite Quail

Colinus virginianus

A pair of Bobwhites, female in front
Photos courtesy of Megan Bowden

One of the most popular quail in aviculture, the Bobwhite in nature ranges across much of the southern and eastern US and down into Mexico.

Bobwhites are easily sexed, as the male has a conspicuous white throat and stripe over his eye; in the female, these are buffy in color. They will breed in pairs or trios and both parents will care for the young if the hen sits.

In captivity various strains have been developed, including white, silver, blond and fawn varieties.


Bobwhite Links:

Squaw Creek's Bobwhite Quail. Birds for sale here.

A page on Bobwhite from The Gazette.

That Quail Place on Bobwhites.

Elm Creek Quail Farm specializes in Bobwhites

Bobwhites at JMB Hatchery

Flying Wild Game Farm

Quails Nest

North Georgia Quail


Sexing by stripes -- the head of a male is on the left
Photos courtesy of Megan Bowden

A female Bobwhite

Another shot of that hen, with the head of a male visible in the right rear

The Mexican Speckled Quail is a domestic variant of the Bobwhite

Another Bobwhite hen
Photo courtesy of Jes Dennett

Juvenile Jumbo Bobwhites
Photo courtesy of Sam at Crestview Farms

A California Quail X Bobwhite hybrid
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green & Seth Jensen

Another Bobwhite hybrid, father unknown
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green & Seth Jensen


Newly hatched Jumbo Bobwhites
Photo courtesy of Sam at Crestview Farms

Bobwhite Quail chicks
Photo courtesy of Sam at Crestview Farms

A Bobwhite chick and a quarter
Photo courtesy of JP Lawrence

Butler Bobwhite chickw
Photo courtesy of Kelly Schlenker

Another Bobwhite Quail chick
Photo courtesy of Mike Flores


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