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

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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]


Extant speciesEdit

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
  Colinus cristatus (Linnaeus, 1766) crested bobwhite northern South America, extending through Panama to just reach Costa Rica
  Colinus leucopogon (Lesson, 1842) spot-bellied bobwhite El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica
  Colinus nigrogularis (Gould, 1843) Yucatan bobwhite, black-throated bobwhite Central America where its range extends from the Yucatan Peninsula southwards to Honduras and Nicaragua
  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 speciesEdit

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


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

External linksEdit

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