Black-throated Bobwhite Colinus nigrogularis

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Odontophoridae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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Alternatively known as the Yucatan Bobwhite, the Black-throated Bobwhite occurs on the Yucatán Peninsula, in Belize and adjacent Guatemala, and in northwest Nicaragua and northeast Honduras, with four subspecies described to delimit these different subpopulations. The species inhabits bushy savannas and sometimes is also found in weedy cultivated regions. Given that this is the only bobwhite within its range, it should be rather easily identified given reasonable views. Only the male has a black throat, while the female has a buffy throat and face. Both have boldly marked underparts. Like other bobwhites, the Black-throated Bobwhite is generally shy and often only seen if flushed, but its distinctive bobWHITE advertising song more readily betrays the species’ presence. To date, most aspects of the Black-throated Bobwhite’s natural history have only been studied in captivity, rather in the wild.

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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: