Singing Quail Dactylortyx thoracicus

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Odontophoridae
  • Polytypic: 17 subspecies
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The robust and serrated bill is adapted for the consumption of seeds. During the reproductive season and the first weeks of the chicks, it increases the consumption of insects and animals. The long legs and fingers are used to dig in the soil and litter to search food.

Made short flights and direct, with a flutter deep and powerful. Usually fast wingbeats interspersed with short glide.

Social and interspecific behavior

It is a gregarious species, with groups of 5 - 10 individuals. After the breeding season they move in families, so many families can come together at certain times of the year. Remains the most time on ground (even at night), its short and powerful legs are designed for this behavior. They are birds that can be trusting. Usually are located by the sound they make to dig in the litter or by its songs in chorus. When alarmed, they prefer to run rather than fly, flying in groups and in all directions to confuse the potential predator.

Recommended Citation

Singing Quail (Dactylortyx thoracicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: