The Starred Wood-Quail is widespread in the lowland forests of upper Amazonia, where it overlaps only marginally with the Marbled Wood-Quail (Odontophorus gujanensis) and perhaps in the extreme west of the present species’ range with the Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail (Odontophorus speciosus). It occurs from eastern Ecuador to northernmost Bolivia, and over a large part of westernmost Brazil. The species is largely, but not exclusively found in terra firme forest, and up to 1050 m. This wood-quail is principally rufous and gray, with a prominent rufous crest (blackish in females) and inconspicuous pale spots over the breast. Small parties of between 5–8 individuals are the norm, foraging over the forest floor for fallen fruits and small arthropods. Despite being locally common, it is not frequently seen, as this is a shy and easily ‘spooked’ species.