Birds of St. Charles County, MO
Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite
Colinus virginianus

Size: 10"

Male: (Shown) Short, stocky, mostly brown bird with short gray tail. Has a prominent white eye stripe and white chin. Reddish brown sides and belly, often with black lines and dots.

Female: Similar to male, with buff brown eye stripe and chin.

Juvenile: Smaller and duller than adults.

Nest: Female and male build ground nest. One brood per year.

Eggs: 12-15; white to cream without markings

Incubation: 23-24 days; female and male incubate

Fledging: 6-7 days; male and female feed young

Migration: The Northern Bobwhite can be found in St. Charles County year round.

Food: Insects, seeds, fruit, and will come to ground feeders offering corn and millet.

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