Ocellated Quail Cyrtonyx ocellatus

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Odontophoridae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Jack C. Eitniear, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Marîa del Coro Arizmendi


Conservation Status

Ocellated Quail is evaluated as a Vulnerable species globally (BirdLife International 2014), with populations that are declining drastically (Eitniear and Eisermann 2009). Many populations throughout its range have disappeared due to mining, deforestation, hunting,  burning of forests and grazing; the latter is the worst since it eliminates the bulbs that are the preferred food of the quail.

Effects of human activity on populations

Human activities (hunting, logging, mining, grazing) all have a negative impact on the species population.

Recommended Citation

Eitniear, J. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and M. d. C. Arizmendi (2014). Ocellated Quail (Cyrtonyx ocellatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.ocequa1.01