Masked Bobwhite Quail

Colinus virginianus ridgwayi

Overgrazing by cattle and drought reduce the amount of grassland habitat available for the quail, which depend on plants for food and cover to protect them and their ground nests from predators. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to reestablish masked bobwhite quail populations in Arizona.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
lengthLength: Up to 9.8 in
heightHeight: Up to 6 oz
wingspanWingspan: Up to 13 in
habitatHabitat: Dry grassland and scrubland
dietDiet: Plants, especially seeds, and insects
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN-Lower risk/near threatened)