The eponymous call of the Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus). Our
Southern Birds relates:
Not much of a song it seems, but we may all be glad that Bob White is now classed as a
songbird and placed under government protection. He is more to be valued as an ally of the
farmer than as a game bird, although, like chickens, he eats pretty much everything
edible. He likes to run through wheat or cowpeas, gleaning; but his services in making
away with the pestiferous cotton boll weevil and other harmful insects more than pay his
For more on the state of Tennessee's act to protect non-game birds, cf. the note to the FSC of May 2, 1914.