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A quest for quail

A Quest For Quail

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Even in a year of strong populations, bagging a few of these challenging game birds is anything but guaranteed.

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Photo of Eurasian collared-dove walking on grass

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto
The Eurasian collared-dove was introduced in the Bahamas and has rapidly spread throughout most of the United States. At first glance, it looks like a chunky, pale gray mourning dove.

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Photo of Eurasian collared-dove perched on a stump

Eurasian Collared-Dove

The Eurasian collared-dove has a black crescent “collar” on the upper back (not a complete "ring"). The song is a three-parted “coo-coo-cook” or “coo-COO-coo,” often repeated incessantly; the call is a raspy, nasal, descending “heeeewww.”

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Photo of Eurasian collared-dove walking on grass

Eurasian Collared-Dove

The Eurasian collared-dove was introduced in the Bahamas and has rapidly spread throughout most of the United States. At first glance, it looks like a chunky, pale gray mourning dove.

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Application for a permit to manage a game bird hunting preserve.

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Gray Partridge

Perdix perdix
Introduced from Eurasia and uncommon in Missouri, the gray partridge is a favorite of gamebird hunters.

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Photo of male and female mallards walking on ice

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos
The mallard is probably the most familiar duck in all of North America. The male has a green head and chestnut breast. Both sexes have a blue speculum (wing patch) bordered on both sides by white.

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Photo of mallard flock in wetlands

Mallard Flock In Wetlands

In Missouri, the mallard is a common migrant on lakes, rivers, ponds, and marshes. As a locally uncommon summer resident, they may nest along lakeshores and in marshes statewide. They are very common in winter, even during severely cold weather when most other waterfowl migrate farther south.

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Photo of mallard hen with chicks

Mallard Hen And Chicks

Upon hatching, mallard chicks are covered with down and can follow their mother around within a day. They, and similarly capable young of most other ground-nesting birds, are described as “precocial young.” They contrast greatly with the naked, helpless young of most tree-nesting birds.

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Photo of male mallard in flight

Mallard Male In Flight

The mallard is probably the most familiar duck in all of North America. The male has a green head and chestnut breast. Mallards can take flight directly from the water’s surface without needing a running start.

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