Upland Game Birds

Northern Bobwhite

Northern bobwhite

Look For The bobwhite is the East’s only quail. This plump, football-shaped bird more often runs than flies and, when not disturbed, picks at the ground for seeds like a chicken. It is 10 inches long. Males have a striking head pattern, with a white throat and supercilium (line above eye to back of head)… See details »

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked pheasant

Look For A large long-tailed bird most often seen walking on the ground, the ring-necked pheasant is not as shy as other game birds. The male is distinctive with his rusty body, white neck ring, the same shape but are tan overall and have shorter tails. Listen For Only the males call, uttering a harsh… See details »

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Lesser Prairie-Chickens

What to Look and Listen For Lesser prairie-chickens are grouselike birds about the size of a small domestic chicken. They are mostly brown with horizontal barring and a short, rounded tail. They resemble their larger cousin, the greater prairie-chicken, in plumage and behavior—but they are smaller and paler with lighter barring on their underparts. Both… See details »

Wild Turkey

Look for A tall, strong-legged bird, the wild turkey’s feathers are iridescent with dark bronze, shot with hints of copper and acid green. Displaying in spring, the male erects its plumage in the strut posture, its enormous tail fanned, wings drooping, and wattles ablaze. A “beard” of wiry, barbless feathers sprouts from the center of… See details »

California Quail

California Quail

Despite its name, the California quail is not quite restricted to that state, breeding from extreme southern British Columbia south through Baja California and into Nevada and parts of Idaho and Utah. The male has a black face outlined in white, a red crown, and a curved black crest feather that looks like a reverse… See details »

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