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Upland Game Birds

Upland game birds usually have round, heavy bodies and short wings. They are usually not migratory, meaning they do not go south for the winter. Usually the male of the species is brightly colored, whereas the female is smaller and plainly colored. Upland birds are found on dry land, usually close to a water source.

Upland Game in Wisconsin

Bobwhite Quail

Bobwhite Quail
  • Small and chunky bird
  • Between 8 and 10 inches in length.
  • Found in light to medium brush, weeds and thickets.
  • Usually stay in groups known as 'coveys'.


  • Has long, narrow beak
  • Usually 10-11 inches.
  • Found in mostly around water bodies (marshes, swamps, or ponds).

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Ring-Necked Pheasant
  • Male has distinct white band around the neck
  • Native to Asia.
  • Males usually 30-35 in.
  • Females between 20 and 25 in.
  • Found in woodlands or open prairie, close to high grass or bushes.


  • About 10 to 12 inches long.
  • Wingspan of 16 to 19 inches.
  • Probes into the ground for food.
  • Resides on humid forest floors or marshes.

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove
  • Maximum length is 12 inches
  • Long, bordered white, pointed tail.
  • Found in rural and urban areas where trees and shrubs are plentiful.
  • Classified as harvestable game bird in some states, protected song bird in others.

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey
  • Largest North American Upland Bird.
  • Male is bearded and up to 48 inches long.
  • Female up to 36 inches.
  • Mainly found in forests and woodlands, occasionally in prairies.