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Odontophorus melanonotus

Dark-backed Wood-Quail

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Odontophoridae

Authors: Kirwan, Guy M

Odontophorus melanonotus

Ecuador; 26 May 2013 © Alejandro Tabini

With an estimated overall range of less than 6000 square kilometres, the Dark-backed Wood-Quail is a Chocó endemic found only in extreme southwest Colombia and northwest Ecuador, where it inhabits a narrow elevational band between 1100 and 1900 m. This is a forest-dwelling species, although it is sometimes found in tall second growth, and the plumage is largely dark brownish with indistinct rufous vermiculations. The only distinctive feature is the rich rufous-chestnut throat and upper breast. Like all wood-quails, the species is more easily detected by its voice, a loud three-phrase rollicking song often given by a family group in chorus. The species feeds on insects and fruit, and gathers in coveys of up to ten individuals. The Dark-backed Wood-Quail is considered Vulnerable by BirdLife International.

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Recommended Citation

Kirwan, Guy M. 2010. Dark-backed Wood-Quail (Odontophorus melanonotus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=86631

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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