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Black-throated Bobwhite Colinus nigrogularis

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Odontophoridae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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Distinguishing Characteristics

18 - 21.5 cm. 126 - 144 g. Bill sawing, short, robust, slightly curved. Overall plumage patterned with rufous, white and black. Feathers that cover upperwings cinnamon-gray, spotted with brown and black. Legs dusky flesh to grayish, short, robust. Males and females are different. Male: Bill blackish. Crest and crown chestnut. Forehead, sides of head and throat black. White lines above and below the eye. Nape cinnamon spotted with buff and white form lines. Back patterned with pale gray, cinnamon-rufous, black and white. Chest and belly white, boldly and coarsely scalloped black. Vent and feathers that cover undertail cinnamon to reddish-brown. Female: Eyebrow and throat buff contrast with dark crown and dusky buff line through the eye. Back and rump patterned with gray pale brown, whitish and black. Chest and flanks white coarsely scalloped black; belly appears boldly spotted whitish. The immature has the feathers that cover upperwings with buff marks on tip. Juveniles are similar to females but underparts dusky gray, white shaft streaks on back, chest and flanks.

Similar Species

Singing Quail (Dactylortyx thoracicus) is similar to adult females of Black-throated Bobwhite (Colinus nigrogularis), but in the first species, the female has the face pattern mainly white with underparts cinnamon, the male has underparts grayish slightly streaked white.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Black-throated Bobwhite (Colinus nigrogularis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: