Predators

Northern Bobwhite Quail (Colinus Virginianus) have a variety of predators during their life span and it’s not just mammals. One of the predators could actually be a human. With our agricultural practices such as farming and use of pesticides, we inadvertently destroy bobwhite habitat. Besides tampering with their habitat, predators affect their survival rate during the nesting, brooding and adult life. Some of the nesting predators are skunks, opossums, fox, raccoon, bobcats, armadillos and snakes (rat snakes and rattlesnakes.) It’s also interesting to know that red fire ants can affect the bobwhites as chicks. If the bobwhite survives to become an adult, those mammals that attack the nest continue to forage for the adult bird. In addition to the predators on the ground, the bobwhites become the food target for hawks, owls and other birds of prey.

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