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Title: An assessment of habitat quality for northern bobwhite in tall fescue-dominated fields
Year: 1995
Author(s): Barnes, T. G., Madison, L. A., Sole, J. D., Lacki, M. J.
Source Title: Wildlife Society Bulletin
Source Type: Journal
pages: 231-237
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) fields studied in Kentucky during 1990-1991 had dense vegetation with little bare ground and low plant species diversity. Thus, northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) did not have an opportunity to select high quality, preferred foods. Available food did not meet basic requirements for growing or breeding quail. Invertebrate populations appeared diverse and abundant, but were likely inaccessible to bobwhite chicks. Data indicated tall fescue was not good northern bobwhite habitat because it lacked the proper vegetation structure, floristic composition, and sufficient quality food.