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Bobwhite Quail

Official State Game Bird of Tennessee

Named the official state game bird of Tennessee since 1988, the Bobwhite Quail has been on the decline the past few decades. In the late 1990s, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) saw an opportunity to stop the decline. The agency formed a cooperative agreement between USDA and NRCS to enhance land enrolled in USDA programs for wildlife.

Bobwhite Quail Facts

“Also known as a partridge, the bobwhite quail is a small, chunky brown bird with a short tail. The male bobwhite quail has a sharply-defined white throat and white stripe above the eyes (female has a buff-colored throat patch and eye stripes).

In spring the male bobwhite whistles a clear bobwhite call which the female answers with a 4-syllable whistle. The bobwhite hen lays 10-20 white eggs (more than almost any other bird).”

“In the late 1990s, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) saw an opportunity to stop the decline. The agency formed a cooperative agreement between USDA and NRCS to enhance land enrolled in USDA programs for wildlife.”

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