Two Bobwhite Quail Chicks Found in Stomach of an American Bullfrog

   06.28.18

While conducting some research on bobwhite quails in North Carolina, a gradate student from the University of Georgia found a bullfrog with not one, but two bobwhite quail chicks inside its stomach.

For Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, where they manage over 3,000 acres of upland bird habitat, quail population research is paramount. In areas such as northern Florida, and southwest Georgia, as well as Alabama and South Carolina, bobwhites remain the premiere game bird.

Elsewhere however, this upland bird, along with its habitats, are at serious risk.

Photos of the bizarre discovery were taken by UGA grad student, Justin Hill, who shared them on Tall Timber’s Facebook page. The post explains how a radio transmitter was responsible for leading Justin and a team of researchers to the bird. Although it’s thought to be some kind of anomaly, frogs probably munch down bobwhite quail chicks far more often than we know.

The photos are pretty graphic, but if you survived dissecting frogs in grade school, you should be okay. . .

Still, we caution viewer discretion is advised:

Bobwhite Quail Chicks
Photo courtesy: Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
Bobwhite Quail Chicks
Photo courtesy: Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
Bobwhite Quail Chicks
Photo courtesy: Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
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