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 Craig is sure enough a bird dog man, and has hunted everything from grouse in Utah to ducks in Arkansas to wild bobwhite quail here in Georgia. Durrell Smith, Outdoor Life, 29 Dec. 2020 The current efforts not only will result in the return of the bobwhite, but also will aid songbirds and pollinators. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 27 Dec. 2020 But eventually Ruger flushed a poor-flying bobwhite and my friend managed to get off a quick shot. Durrell Smith, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2020 My favorite, a portrait of a Brittany with a bobwhite in her mouth, is missing. Natalie Krebs, Field & Stream, 5 Oct. 2020 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, 23 Nov. 2019 Speaking of quail, bobwhites and pheasants often inhabit the same areas. Jarrod Spilger, Field & Stream, 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, 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, 23 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bobwhite

1819, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of bobwhite

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

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