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

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

Colinus cristatus
Colinus leucopogon
Colinus nigrogularis
Colinus virginianus[1]


Extant Species

ImageScientific nameCommon NameDistribution
Colinus cristatus (Linnaeus, 1766)crested bobwhitenorthern South America, extending through Panama to just reach Costa Rica
Colinus leucopogon (Lesson, 1842)spot-bellied bobwhiteEl Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Colinus nigrogularis (Gould, 1843)Yucatan bobwhite, black-throated bobwhiteCentral 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.


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


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