Excerpt from Fortieth Annual Program for the Observance of Arbor Day in the Schools of Rhode Island, May 8, 1931
Bobwhite, the Farmer's Friend, is described thus: Male, reddish chestnut, much variegated with black and buff; tail, ashy; throat and line over eye, white (in fema... le, buffy); line below eye and band across breast of male, black; belly, white, finely barred with wavy black lines. The spring call of male is bob-white other varied notes. The habitat of Bobwhite extends from southwestern Maine and southern Ontario to the Gulf of Mexico, except in mountainous regions which are too cold; westward the bird is heard and seen so far as South Dakota and eastern Colorado. Bobwhite feeds principally on the seeds of weeds and on destructive insects; during the summer the young. Are fed on insects. As a con sumer of weed seeds and insects Bobwhite takes rank as the Farmer's Friend.
Bobwhite is a social bird, living in ¿ocks except during the breeding season. His nest is built upon the ground, which makes him and his young a prey for many enemies of birds. In severe weather he needs shelter and food; the new type of state reservation and sanctuary for wild animal life is helpful to Bobwhite.
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