Bobwhite Quail

Tennessee State Game Bird


Bobwhite quail

Bobwhite quail; photo by Roberto González on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Bobwhite Quail

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).



Bobwhite quail; photo by USFWS on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Bobwhite quail


Northern Bobwhite Quail