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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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American Wigeon

Anas americana
A common migrant in Missouri, the American wigeon is a dabbling duck whose males have a white forehead and crown, a green band behind the eye and down the back of the neck, and a large white patch on the wing.

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Blue-Winged Teal

Anas discors
Blue-winged teal are dabblers, often seen in shallows sifting water and mud for goodies, rarely diving but able to take flight by jumping directly from the water into the air. Males have a distinctive white crescent on their dark gray heads.

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Canvasback

Aythya valisineria
A diving duck or pochard, the canvasback forages on the bottom of lakes, rivers, and marshes for invertebrates and plants. It is a common migrant in Missouri.

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Photo of a female common merganser, closeup on head and front

Common Merganser

Mergus merganser
Like our other mergansers, the common merganser has a long, slender, serrated bill and dives underwater for fish. This species, however, has only a short head crest and has unique color patterns.

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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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Gadwall on the Wing

Gadwall

Anas strepera
The male gadwall is a rather drab-looking duck with a black rear end and a white speculum (wing patch). This dabbling duck is a common migrant in Missouri.

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

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