Northern Bobwhite

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 28 November 2011
Scientific Name
Colinus virginianus
  • Galliformes
  • Odontophoridae
  • Colinus
  • C. virginianus
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
10 inches
15 inches


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

Czech (Cesky) krepel virginský
Danish (Dansk) Bobwhite
Dutch (Nederlands) Boomkwartel
Finnish (Suomi) peltoviiriäinen
French (Français) Colin de Virginie
German (Deutsch) Virginiawachtel
Italian (Italiano) Colino della Virginia
Japanese (日本語) コリンウズラ (korin'uzura)
Norwegian (Norsk) Nordkrattvaktel
Polish (Polski) przepiór wirginijski
Russian (русский язык) Виргинская перепелка
Spanish (Español) Colín de Virginia
Swedish (Svenska) Vitstrupig vaktel
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