Nothing is more evocative of the Texas outdoors than the whistled call of the bobwhite. While the familiar two-note greeting is now just a memory for most of us who live in the state’s growing urban sprawl, this bird is an economic commodity on par with crops and livestock in some regions of Texas.
Three other native species of quail also inhabit Texas. Like the northern bobwhite, the scaled quail is significant as a game bird. The other two species, Gambel’s quail and Montezuma quail, are found in limited areas of southwestern Texas and represent an important indicator of forest, rangeland, and habitat conditions.
Texas Quails presents the first complete assessment of the four species of quail found in this vast state. Experts describe each of them and examine all geographic regions of the state for historical and current population trends, habitat status, and research needs. These experts also discuss management practices, hunting issues, economics, and diseases.
With the recent creation of the Texas Quail Conservation Initiative, this volume provides a timely and comprehensive view of quail science and stewardship.
What Readers Are Saying:
“The book is a harbinger of a new mindset in quail conservation and management—from the tokenism and apology of the 40s, 50s, and 60s to large-scale effects and honesty. . . the book, as a compendium primarily of Texas research, documents the remarkable contribution—second to none, in my opinion—of quail research in Texas.”--Fred S. Guthery, Bullenbach Chair in Wildlife Ecology, Oklahoma State University
“This book is well timed and well though out—and quite an undertaking. . . . covers quail ecology and management in the Texas context very well. It will be of interest to anyone from that region, but also for those interested in quail from other areas.” --John P. Carroll, Associate Professor, University of Georgia
“This is a superb volume which will be of interest to any ecologist, hunter or land owner interested in quail. Dr. Brennan has done a masterful job of obtaining input from ‘the best and the brightest’ of Texas’ university and filed biologists to produce chapters on every important aspect of quail ecology and management. The text covers the many species of quail in Texas and how to manage both their populations and their diverse habitats, as well as practical information about regulations, hunting and hunting camp management, cooperatives, economics, and source of future in formation. This is a ‘must read’ book that should be on the shelf of everyone interested in the future of quail, both in Texas and in the rest of the United States.” --Robert D. Brown, Head, Dept. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M U
“Quail fans can learn a vast array of information about their favorite game bird.” --Dallas Morning News
“There is no publication like it. For the first time, virtually all of the quail research that has been conducted in Texas has been condensed and compiled into one volume. Including a host of major players in Texas quail research, each giving his best to the effort, the book is a monumental contribution and should be of interest to anyone interested in the welfare of quail. . . . Texas Quails: Ecology and Management should be considered an essential reference for all wildlife professionals and land managers interested in quail. It provides a long awaited assemblage of current knowledge related to Texas quail and will no doubt find widespread and welcome service for many years to come. My hat’s off to all those involved in putting together this superb work.” --Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society
“A masterful summary of the ecology, populations, and management of four of America’s most important species of quails, especially valuable for its coverage for the less-documented western species, such as the Montezuma and scaled quails…a valuable addition to any biological reference library, or to persons having a special interest in any of the included species.” --Great Plains Research
“There is no publication like it. For the first time, virtually all of the quail research that has been conducted in Texas has been condensed and compiled in to one volume. Including a host of major players in Texas quail research, each giving his best to the effort, the book is a monumental contribution and should be of interest to anyone interested in the welfare of quail.” --Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society