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Colinus virginianus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Odontophoridae
Genus: Colinus
Goldfuss, 1820

Colinus cristatus
Colinus leucopogon
Colinus nigrogularis
Colinus virginianus[1]

Colinus is a genus of birds in the New World quail family, Odontophoridae. Members of the genus are commonly known as bobwhites.[1]


Extant species[edit]

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Colinus cristatus 2.jpg Colinus cristatus (Linnaeus, 1766) crested bobwhite northern South America, extending through Panama to just reach Costa Rica
Colinus leucopogon 1849.jpg Colinus leucopogon (Lesson, 1842) spot-bellied bobwhite El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Colinus nigrogularis 1 (cropped).jpg Colinus nigrogularis (Gould, 1843) Yucatan bobwhite, black-throated bobwhite Central America where its range extends from the Yucatan Peninsula southwards to Honduras and Nicaragua
Virginiawachtel 2007-06-16 065.jpg Colinus virginianus (Linnaeus, 1758) northern bobwhite[1] United States from the Great Lakes and southern Minnesota east to Pennsylvania and southern Massachusetts, and extending west to southern Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado front-range foothills to 7000 feet, and all but westernmost Texas

Fossil species[edit]

  • Colinus eatoni
  • Colinus suilium Brodkorb 1959
  • Colinus hibbardi Wetmore 1944


  1. ^ a b c "Colinus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2010-09-28.

External links[edit]

Media related to Colinus at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Colinus at Wikispecies