Official State Game Bird of Missouri
Bobwhite Quail Facts
Also known as a partridge, the bobwhite quail is a small, chunky brown bird with a short tail. Bobwhite quail can be found throughout Missouri in a variety of habitats. During the fall and winter, northern bobwhites form loose social groups of ten to thirty birds (a group is called a covey of quail).
The male bobwhite quail has a sharply-defined white throat and white stripe above the eyes (females have a buff-colored throat patch and eye stripes). In spring the male bobwhite whistles the clear, familiar 3-note whistle, which the female answers with a 4-syllable whistle. The bobwhite hen lays 10-20 white eggs (more than almost any other bird).