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 (bŏb-wīt′, -hwīt′)
Any of several small American quails of the genus Colinus, especially the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) of eastern North America.

[Imitative of its call.]


(Animals) a brown North American quail, Colinus virginianus, the male of which has white markings on the head: a popular game bird
[C19: of imitative origin]


(ˈbɒbˈʰwaɪt, -ˈwaɪt)

any of several small New World quails of the genus Colinus, esp. C. virginianus, having mottled plumage.
[1805–15, Amer.; imitative of its cry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bobwhite - a popular North American game birdbobwhite - a popular North American game bird; named for its call
Colinus, genus Colinus - New World quail: the bobwhites
Colinus virginianus, northern bobwhite - a favorite game bird of eastern and central United States
quail - small gallinaceous game birds
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Throughout its range, northern bobwhites are known to favor sandy, well-drained grasslands with sparsely open woody (shrub) cover (Lehmann and Ward, 1941; Guthery, 2000).
Survival and cause-specific mortality of northern bobwhites in western Oklahoma.
Northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) have been in decline throughout the southeastern United States.
Blocks exhibited greater species-specific abundances than buffers for common but nondominant birds, including northern bobwhites, mourning doves, grasshopper sparrows, and eastern meadowlarks.
Grassland birds such as grasshopper sparrows, northern bobwhites, eastern meadowlarks and dickcissels have suffered over the last 25 to 30 years due to a loss of habitat from changing land-use practices, ongoing land development and the increase in woody species like junipers and oaks from the lack of wildfires.
Data from ongoing studies show the number of Northern Bobwhites has plummeted more than 80 percent in 40 years due to large-scale farming, forestry, and building.
During the following years, the range contraction continued and by 2002 the northern bobwhites appeared to be practically extirpated from the northern third of the state (Fig.
Radiotelemetry studies: are we radio-handicapping northern bobwhites.
Predation by Mammalian Mesopredators on Artificial Nests of Northern Bobwhites.
In the 3rd growing season postfire, Indigo buntings (Passerina cyanea) and northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) were more abundant in recently burned heavy use sites than in light use sites.
For example, we used our cages without any modification for pilot experiments dealing with Northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus), Northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis), and Eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus).
Effects of supplemental feeding on home range size and survival of northern bobwhites in south Georgia.

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