Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2003-13

Common name:

Northern Bobwhite

Scientific name: Colinus virginianus
Date: 8 May 2003
Time: 1830
Length of time observed: 1 hour
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Backyard bird feeder, Emigration Oaks, Emigration Canyon
County: Salt Lake
Elevation: 5,000'
Distance to bird: 7-10 feet
Optical equipment: None needed
Weather: Cloudy
Light Conditions: Overcast
Detailed description of bird: Stocky 6-7" in length, obvious gallinaceous bird. Bright white throat and eyebrown, chestnet back and flands with irregular streaking aong flanks. Darker belly. Very short tail.
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: On the ground, pecking at seeds
Habitat: Scrub Oak woodland, at backyard feeder beneath Aspens
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Chukar: Chukar's are bigger, differently colored. This bird is only a few feet away, readily visible through the window. I've seen Chukar's LOTS of times, and had them in the yard, too.
Previous experience with this & similar species: Seen in Texas and Florida
References consulted: Sibley
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Susan and Jeffrey Saffle
Observer's address: PO BOX 8094, SLC, UT 84108
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Date prepared: 8 May 2003  (General Public)
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