This study was conducted on a 214-acre area of the Ames Plantation, Fayette County, Tennessee. Information on behavior of bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) during winter was obtained through flushing, trapping, color-marking, and telemetering quail during January-March, 1970. Interchange of quail between coveys was common; at least 20 incidences of change in covey affiliation were recorded. An average covey lost and gained a member every 3 days. Rapid replacement of birds lost from covey ranges was attributed to communication between coveys.
Yoho, Noel S. and Dimmick, Ralph W.
"Changes of Covey Affiliation by Bobwhite Quail in Tennessee,"
National Quail Symposium Proceedings: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: http://trace.tennessee.edu/nqsp/vol1/iss1/7