bob·​white | \ ˈbäb-ˈ(h)wīt How to pronounce bobwhite (audio) \

Definition of bobwhite

: any of a genus (Colinus) of New World quail especially : a popular game bird (C. virginianus) of eastern and central North America having mottled chiefly reddish-brown plumage

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Recent Examples on the Web The efforts of hunters haven’t been enough to slow the decline, and in many places there are no longer enough northern bobwhites to hunt. Jordan Sillars, National Review, "Killing Animals to Save Them? Hunting as Conservation," 23 Nov. 2019 Speaking of quail, bobwhites and pheasants often inhabit the same areas. Jarrod Spilger, Field & Stream, "8 Tips for Bagging More Late-Season Pheasants," 23 Dec. 2019 Yet when flung toward everything from bobwhites to ringnecks, the 28 gauge seems to bring home the bacon. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Shotgun Showdown: 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge vs. 28 Gauge," 11 Dec. 2019 Commonly hunted in the eastern United States, the northern-bobwhite population experienced a massive, 85 percent decline between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Jordan Sillars, National Review, "Killing Animals to Save Them? Hunting as Conservation," 23 Nov. 2019 Despite this failure, the northern-bobwhite decline counters the idea that game species are inherently adaptable. Jordan Sillars, National Review, "Killing Animals to Save Them? Hunting as Conservation," 23 Nov. 2019 Grassland birds have declined by 53% since 1970—a loss of 700 million adults in the 31 species studied, including meadowlarks and northern bobwhites. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Three billion North American birds have vanished since 1970, surveys show," 19 Sep. 2019 Grassland birds such as meadowlarks and northern bobwhites have declined by 53% since 1970 — a loss of 700 million adults in the 31 species studied. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970," 19 Sep. 2019 The sweet, iconic and somehow melancholy sound of bobwhite quail whistling their mating and assembly calls. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "For hunters, South Texas colors a feast for the senses," 3 May 2018

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Bobwhite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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bob·​white | \ bäb-ˈhwīt How to pronounce bobwhite (audio) , -ˈwīt \

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: a North American quail with gray, white, and reddish brown coloring

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