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

Diet and Foraging


Ocellated Quail has a varied diet that includes seeds, fruits, buds, insects, and tubers (especially oxalids). In Mexico eats bulbs of Cyperus esculentus, Oxalis, Brodiaea, and Echeandia terniflora. Also eats a variety of insects, such as butterflies, beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, mosquitoes, and ants.

Foraging Behavior

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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