Northern Bobwhite

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Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) are ground-dwelling birds native to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. When you visit Adkins Arboretum, you will hear the sound of summer, and that sound is the call of the Northern Bobwhite.

Unfortunately, this song is not always heard as it once was because of declining populations due to lack of habitat. These special birds live in open pine forests, grasslands, and overgrown fields.

When I was a little girl, more than fifty years ago, I visited my aunt’s cottage in Southern Maryland in the middle of a beautiful pine forest. Not only did I hear many quail songs, but I would see an entire family with the mother, father, and babies all walking in a straight line across my path of fallen pine needles.

I hope you get a chance to hear the sounds of summer before summer has passed.

by Robyn Affron
Visitor Services Coordinator
Maryland Master Naturalist

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