In Canada, 3 species are found: California quail (Callipepla californica) and mountain quail (Oreortyx pictus) in the mildest parts of southern BC; northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) is native to southern Ontario. The now endangered northern bobwhite is the best-known species and, in the US, is the most widely hunted GAME BIRD. It has been introduced unsuccessfully in several parts of southern Canada. Unlike the other 2, it lacks an ornamental crest.
See also ENDANGERED ANIMALS.
Author S.D. MACDONALD
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All About Birds
Search this online bird identification guide for information on specific bird species found in North America. Click on the dynamic map of eBird sightings for a magnified view. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the US.