The bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) was designated the official state game bird of Tennessee in 1988. Also known as a partridge, the bobwhite quail is a small, chunky brown bird with a short tail.
The male bobwhite quail has a sharply-defined white throat and white stripe above the eyes (female has a buff-colored throat patch and eye stripes). In spring the male bobwhite whistles a clear bobwhite call which the female answers with a 4-syllable whistle. The bobwhite hen lays 10-20 white eggs (more than almost any other bird).