Singing Quail Dactylortyx thoracicus

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Odontophoridae
  • Polytypic: 17 subspecies
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Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The voice consists of a strong and clear catcall, start with four whistles increasing in volume (but decreasing in interval), followed by three to six phrases repeated in chorus: choo-oo choo-oo choo-oo, choo, choo-choo-churry-chewt choo-choo-churry-chewt¿. At times, choruses may be repeated with no introductory notes. Call is pitter pititit. Individuals sing mainly at dawn and dusk, increasing the intensity during the breeding season.

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: