any of several true quails of the genus Colinus, family Odontophoridae, including C. virginianus(northern bobwhite ), distributed through much of the Americas, having mottled reddish-brown, black, and white plumage: the bobwhite gets its name from its whistling call, which sweeps upward in pitch as an easily discernible “bob-white.”
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How to use bobwhite in a sentence
In many respects it resembles the bobwhite in color, though far more fancifully marked.
Unlike the bobwhite or the Montezuma quail of Mexico, the valley quail bunches in the fall.
I may add that both the gambel and a species of the Collinus, bobwhite, are found in this same section.
Female—The female, with the exception of the white dots on the breast and flanks is much the color of the female bobwhite.
The bobwhite roosts on the ground and always remains in single broods.
British Dictionary definitions for bobwhite
a brown North American quail, Colinus virginianus, the male of which has white markings on the head: a popular game bird
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