Colinus virginianus

Common Names: Northern bobwhite, Virginia quail, bobwhite quail
Category: Birds
Sub-category: New World Quail

Bill is short, curved, and brown-black. Size is approximately 10 inches long with 15-inch wingspan, and a round body. Colors include brown, buff, rufous, white, black, gray. Dimorphic species. Males have a white throat and brow stripe bordered by black. The overall rufous plumage has gray mottling on the wings and a gray tail, and the flanks show white scalloped stripes. Whitish underparts have black scallops. Females are similar but are duller overall and have a buff throat and brow without the black border. Both genders have pale legs and feet.

Can be found year-round in agricultural fields, grassland, open woodland areas, roadsides and wood edges.

Edible Notes: It is edible, and commonly hunted and eaten. Look for fresh or frozen quail in supermarkets or gourmet food stores. Quail eggs are also available in supermarkets and gourmet food stores, as well as Japanese restaurants.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.