Dark-backed Wood-Quail Odontophorus melanonotus

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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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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Dark-backed Wood-Quail (Odontophorus melanonotus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/dbwqua1