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Banded Quail Philortyx fasciatus



Distinguishing Characteristics

18 - 21 cm. 115 - 160 g. Bill black, sawing, short, robust and slightly curved. Crest erect, black and brown tipped reddish. Head cinnamon-brown. Throat whitish. Back gray brown with short, broad black bars and other narrower buff bars. Upper chest cinnamon-brown barred with white indistinct. Lower chest and belly white barred with black. Legs short and robust, flesh color. Males and females differ in size. Male: 130 g. Female: 126 g. Crest shorter. Juveniles have the throat whitish, back and chest with whitish shaft streaks. Immature is similar to adult, but has black feathers on head, cheek and neck. Attains adult plumage at 4-5 months of age.

Similar Species

Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) lacks of crest and, has black and white patterns on head.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Banded Quail (Philortyx fasciatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: