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Georgia State Game Bird (Bobwhite Quail)


Photographs of and links with information on Georgia’s State Game Bird - the Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus).

Photos and narrative description (Georgia Museum of Natural History)
Photos and narrative description (USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center)
Photo and narrative description (University of Michigan)

For more on the bobwhite quail in Georgia, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

1970 Joint Resolution declaring Bobwhite Quail as Georgia’s Official Game Bird:

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly

March 20, 1970

BROWN THRASHER OFFICIAL STATE BIRD—

BOBWHITE QUAIL OFFICIAL STATE GAME BIRD.

No. 128 (House Resolution No. 694-1436).

A Resolution.

Designating the Brown Thrasher as the official Georgia State Bird and the bobwhite Quail as the official Georgia State Game Bird; and for other purposes.
Whereas, the Attorney General of Georgia has ruled in an official opinion that Georgia does not have an official State Bird; and
Whereas, hitherto, the General Assembly of Georgia has made no such selection; and
Whereas, since countless Georgians have always considered the Brown Thrasher as the official Georgia State Bird it is only fitting and proper that the Brown thrasher be given the recognition it is due; and
Whereas, the familiar “bob-bob-white” whistle of the Bobwhite Quail has charmed Georgians, and accompanied them in their work and play since the state was merely a territory occupied by British colonists in 1733; and
Whereas , thousands of Georgia sportsmen annually trek to the fields to bag their limit of the Bobwhite Quail; this marvelous bird can withstand a loss of two-thirds of its population with no reduction in the spring breeding population, thus providing the Georgia huntsmen with continued exciting sport; and
Whereas, Georgia has long been hailed as the “Quail Capitol [sic] of the World”, and it seems to be only fitting and proper that the Bobwhite Quail (of the genus colinis) be given the recognition it is due.
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the General Assembly of Georgia at the suggestion and request of the Garden Clubs of Georgia that the Brown Thrasher is hereby designated as the official Georgia State Bird.
Be it further resolved that the Bobwhite Quail is hereby designated as the official Georgia State Game Bird.
Be it further resolved that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is hereby authorized and directed to forward an appropriate copy of this Resolution to the Secretary of State.
Approved March 20, 1970.
Source: Ga. Laws 1970, pp. 418-19.

Georgia State Game Bird (Bobwhite Quail) View large image

Bobwhite Quail in Decatur, Georgia
Source: Les Howard

Georgia State Game Bird (Bobwhite Quail) View large image

Bobwhite Quail in Decatur, Georgia
Source: Les Howard

Georgia State Game Bird (Bobwhite Quail) View large image

Bobwhite Quail Stamp
Source: Ed Jackson