William H. Casey

Some Speculations on the Minimum Habitat Requirements of Bobwhite Quail

This paper reports on a review of 24 selected publications dealing with the habitat requirements of the bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus). Its purpose is to bring the results of these investigations into sharper focus in an effort to determine the minimum number of vegetative types, and the minimum amount of each, that are needed to support a single covey the year round. It also seeks to stimulate further inquiry into the validity of the hypothesis presented. The literature reviewed indicates that quail ordinarily require at least three vegetative types-crop fields, brushy cover, and...