Status: Endangered in Canada and the USA
The Northern Bobwhite (also Masked Bobwhite in the USA) is the only native quail in the east. Its whistled bob-white! call is a familiar sound in spring in farmland and brushy pastures. Has disappeared from much of the northern part of its range.
Habitat loss and the increased use of pesticides are thought to be the culprits behind this steep decline—a worrisome trend also noted in other birds sharing similar habitats, including Loggerhead Shrike.