Monday, January 17, 2011


Quail are fascinating little birds. Normally found on the ground, not in trees, quail will call to each other and gather together in a circle in the evenings; tails facing into the circle, heads facing out to look for danger.

They have an unmistakable call which gives them their common name, Bobwhite.

This bird is male. Females lack the white areas on the head. 

I have often wondered why quail are not considered as song birds. They remain hunted in many areas of the country even though sightings like this bird are rare and their sweet calls toward evening are even rarer. 

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