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About the Northern Bobwhite

Also known as: Virginia Quail, Bobwhite Quail, Bobwhite

The Northern Bobwhite is a small species of quail that lives across parts of the southeastern United States and into Mexico.

Northern Bobwhites have a high yearly mortality rate, which leads to the species having a very quick and successful breeding capability. These factors, along with their significance as a game bird, makes the Northern Bobwhite one of the most significant bird species to humans.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 28 November 2011
Scientific Name Colinus virginianus
  • Galliformes
  • Odontophoridae
  • Colinus
  • C. virginianus
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
10 inches
15 inches
Range North America United States (East)


From IUCN Red List:
The Northern Bobwhite is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species qualifies as Near Threatened because it has suffered moderately rapid declines in recent decades becoming rarer in many traditional strongholds owing to habitat conversion.

International Names

  • krepel virginský (Czech)
  • Bobwhite (Danish)
  • Boomkwartel (Dutch)
  • peltoviiriäinen (Finnish)
  • Colin de Virginie (French)
  • Virginiawachtel (German)
  • Colino della Virginia (Italian)
  • コリンウズラ (korin'uzura) (Japanese)
  • Nordkrattvaktel (Norwegian)
  • przepiór wirginijski (Polish)
  • Виргинская перепелка (Russian)
  • Colín de Virginia (Spanish)
  • Vitstrupig vaktel (Swedish)

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