Masked Bobwhite

Colinus virginianus ridgwayi

Bird | North America

Animal Info

Masked bobwhites are part of a federal species recovery program to try to save them from extinction.  This program is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Currently, we are one of only 6 AZA institutions (and the only northern zoo) to hold this critically endangered species.  Our birds are for display and educational purposes, spreading the word about the story of the masked bobwhite and efforts to save them.  It is possible we would breed this species in the future.


In the wild: seeds, insects, and plant

At the Zoo: Mazuri Gamebird Diet, greens, insects, and a fruit and vegetable salad


Sonoran Desert and semi desert regions