This week on Discover Nature, listen for the clear, loud calls of ground-dwelling birds just before dawn.
Missouri’s native quail – Northern bobwhite live in groups of 5-30 birds, called coveys, from autumn to spring.
Northern bobwhite are streaked or mottled reddish-brown and white, with a gray tail. Males have a distinctive dark brown cap and face. Their camouflaged colors help protect them from their many predators including foxes, coyotes, racoons, hawks, owls, and snakes.