bob·​white | \ˈbäb-ˈhwīt, -ˈwīt\

Definition of bobwhite 

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

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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 On the down side, the CBC data is helping to track the steady declines of such iconic North American species as Northern bobwhite, American kestrel and loggerhead shrike. James F. Mccarty,, "Christmas Bird Counts to document the snowy owl irruption underway in Northeast Ohio (photos)," 8 Dec. 2017 Guinea pigs and a mouse were taken to a rescue center in El Cerrito while a bobwhite quail and a parakeet went to a bird rescuer, Talcott-Travis said. David Debolt, The Mercury News, "Kept in a dark Oakland closet for years, two turtles thrive in new environment," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of bobwhite

1819, in the meaning defined above

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bob·​white | \bäb-ˈhwīt, -ˈwīt\

Kids Definition of bobwhite

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

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