Northern Bobwhite

Male and female northern bobsites sitting amidst purple flowers
Northern bobwhite pair. Image by PublicDomainImages from Pixabay
AppearanceNorthern bobwhites are a type of quail and are about 10″ long. They’re reddish-brown with streaking and spotting throughout. They have a whisp of a crown (hardly noticeable), and a white stripe starts at the bill and goes over the eye all the way to the back. Their throat is also white. Females are the same except the head is brown and tan.
DietSeeds, berries, and insects.
Feeder FoodThey will indulge in seed or crack corn scattered beneath the feeder.
HabitatFound in rural and farm areas.
NestingNorthern bobwhites nest on the ground in a sheltered location. They have 1-3 broods/season and 12-14 eggs/brood. Incubation is for 23 days and fledglings leave the nest about 7-10 days after hatching.

Range Map

Northern bobwhite range map
Northern bobwhite range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.